Harrisburg resident Lanette Erby ’05 plans to compete in the Nation’s Triathlon on September 29, 2007, in Washington D.C. An alumna of the IUP Journalism Department, Erby hopes to raise at least $3,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through their Team In Training program.
“I started training five days a week one month ago, and will continue to train until the event,” said Erby. The Nation’s Triathlon is an Olympic-distance race that includes a one-mile swim, a twenty-five mile bike ride, and a six-mile run.
Erby has worked for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for a year and a half. She coordinates the School and Youth Programs and the Ski4Life 24-Hour Ski and Snowboard Marathon. Over $210,000 was raised for both campaigns this past fiscal year.
“I also personally raised $3,000 for my last Team In Training event, another Olympic distance triathlon at Disney World last September,” said Erby.
Right: Erby crossing the finish line at Disney. “You might notice some writing on my legs and arms. I wrote the names of all of my honored teammates on them. I will be doing the same this year.”
Team In Training® is the world’s largest endurance sports training program. The program provides training to run or walk marathons and half marathons or participate in triathlons and century (100-mile) bike rides. Since 1988, more than 300,000 volunteer participants have helped raise more than $700 million for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma research and patient services.
“The Disney Tri was my first [triathlon]. I only started last year specifically to raise money for the cause. Now I'm hooked on triathlons and on raising money to help cure cancer,” said Erby.
“I had never done an endurance sport in my life before last year. I always stuck to team sports—basketball, soccer, volleyball, and softball. The Society provides great coaches that prepare beginners like me for the event. Even though it’s not technically a team sport, I’m never training alone. I train with all of the other program participants, and we have a blast.
“I did not have a personal connection to cancer when I started working for the Society. Now, I have teammates and friends that are cancer patients, survivors, or have loved ones with cancer. My friend Frank, who I met him through Team In Training, just lost his wife in April to leukemia. What competing in these events means to me is that the longer I do them and the harder I work, the sooner it will be that great people like Frank never have to lose their wives, husbands, children, parents, and friends in such a devastating way. When our researchers find a cure for blood cancers, I’ll be out of a job, but I certainly won’t mind.”
Right: One of Lanette’s “Honored Teammates” from Disney. “His name is Jeff and he is pictured with his daughter, Emma. He lives in Lebanon and was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2001. He was in remission for a while, but just recently relapsed and had a stem cell transplant last month. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the transplant is the forever fix.”
Contributions can be made on line at www.active.com/donate/tntcpa/tntcpaLErby2 or can be mailed to Lanette Erby, 2825 N. 2nd Street, 3rd Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17110. She can be reached at email@example.com. Even though the event is in September, her fundraising website will be operational until November.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Central PA Chapter
800 Corporate Circle, Suite 100
Harrisburg, PA 17110