Breast cancer survivor walks to help those with leukemia and other blood disorders
(Oct. 12, 2004)GENEVA, N.Y.—It seems that Jan. 9, 2005 is shaping up to be a red-letter day for Jeanne Nagle, a senior editor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. That Sunday, she is set to participate in the Walt Disney World Marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as a member of the Team in Training program. Her half-marathon walk is dedicated to her cousin, Glenn, who died of leukemia at age 18.
January 9 also marks the two-year anniversary of her own cancer diagnosis.
In 2003, Nagle, 43, underwent treatment for DCIS—ductal carcinoma in situ—an early stage breast cancer. Two surgeries and nearly seven weeks of radiation later, she was cancer-free, and has remained so since. Now it’s time to help others.
“Thanks to early detection, amazing doctors and research-driven treatment methods, I’ve come through this illness healthy and hopeful,” she says. “I’m walking in the marathon so that those with blood cancers have a chance to do the same.”
Team in Training is a national signature campaign developed by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to raise funds for research and patient aid. The program trains people of all ages, from beginners to experts, to run or walk a marathon in honor of a blood-cancer patient. Participants commit to raising a minimum of funds on behalf of the Society.
Nancy Hails, executive director of the Western New York and Finger Lakes chapter, says the local chapter is training more than 200 participants this year.
Those interested in making a gift to Nagle’s walk may send a check or money order, payable to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, to 4053 Maple Road, Suite 110, Amherst, N.Y. 14226, c/o TNT Jeanne Nagle. For online giving and more information on the Team in Training program, go to http://www.active.com/donate/fundraise/tntwnyflJNagle.