The Monday Memo
February 25, 2013 PITT DPT STUDENTS
Race to Anyplace
On New Year’s Day this past January, I received the devastating news that a very special person to me had been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 79. After getting over the shock of the situation, I felt so incredibly helpless. I imagine that is how most people feel after receiving news that they wish they could change. You just wish there was something meaningful that you could do. Returning to Pittsburgh after Christmas break, a couple of classmates and I were at the gym when a flier on the wall practically smacked me in the face. I was literally on a stationary bike when it caught my eye – “Race to Anyplace”
Race to Anyplace is a six-hour stationary bike race in downtown Pittsburgh that occurred this past Saturday. At the race, teams of 12 compete for the most miles achieved as well as the most funds raised. The money raised from the event benefits the Western PA/West VA Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Long story short, I immediately wanted to form a team and I had more than enough wonderful friends and classmates that wanted to be a part of it. We quickly became team “Pitt DPT 2015” and our motto was “Race for Dr. D.”
Over less than two months, through many generous friends and family, our team raised over $1,700! The event as a whole this year contributed over $116,000 to blood cancer research putting the event over the $1,000,000 mark since it has started. Team Pitt DPT 2015 logged 188.97 miles in just six hours! It was incredible and so much fun! I feel so blessed to have so many people within my PT family willing to help. I want to thank my teammates Clayton Anderson, Jackie Harrigan, Steph Austin, Kevin Gilmore, India Metz, Bryan Kelly, Pierre Meunier, Kristyn Anselmo, Rachel Hallenbach, Tessa Murray, and Karleen Smith so much for riding like animals and for taking the time to do something that meant so much to me. Thank you to George Kelly for making our team shirts and to my wonderful mother, Kathy Duritza for coming out to volunteer and cheer us on! Special thanks to everyone that donated as well! We plan on having at least one if not two teams next year to keep up the fight against cancer.
Claire Laverne – first year DPT student
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