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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, November 28, 2016

Human Interest Story

1. Climb2Cure – Together We Can Move Mountains
Local Mother/Daughter to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to Fight Blood Cancer
Santa Barbara, CA, November 18, 2016: Santa Barbara resident Christy Madden and her daughter, Kimberly, will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in January 2017 with the team goal of raising $1 million to find cures for blood cancer. The effort is part of Climb2Cure, a new initiative of Team In Training (TNT).
Following her father’s diagnosis with Stage IV mantle cell lymphoma in 2004, and having lost a brother to leukemia when she was young, Christy joined TNT and completed her first marathon, raising over $14,000. She’s been active with TNT as a participant, mentor and coach, completing three full marathons and countless half marathons, inspiring dozens of local residents to share in that experience.
“My dad is in remission following his stem cell transplant, so when I heard about Climb2Cure, inspired by another stem-cell transplant survivor, I had to learn more,” said Madden.
Lila Javan is a two-time stem cell transplant recipient from Los Angeles who is in her second year of remission following re-diagnosis. Her life’s dream of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro was cut short when her cancer returned just two weeks before her scheduled departure. Now, she and hundreds of people from around the country, are making that dream a reality when they join one of 5 treks between January and the end of March. Christy and her daughter Kimberly, whose 20th birthday is the day before they summit, will be joining Lila, Dr. Sarah Larson (her oncologist), and nine other women on the inaugural trip January 4 – 13.
“I am so passionate about this organization – I have met some of the most amazing people with the strength, tenacity, and relentless commitment to create a world without blood cancer,” said Madden. “While the prospect of hiking to almost 20,000 feet is intimidating, it’s nothing compared to what patients, families and loved ones affected by cancer have to endure. I embark upon this amazing journey in honor of my dad, in memory of my brother and to share in Lila’s dream of making it to the Roof of Africa.”
If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to LLS and support Christy’s trek to Kilimanjaro, visit http://pages.teamintraining.orgI/calso/mtklmjr16/cmadden.
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Notes to Editors:
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients and is the voice for all blood cancer patients; they work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.
Every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer; every 9, someone loses their battle;
Since its inception in 1949, LLS has invested more than $1 billion in cancer research
Between 2000-2015 over 40% of all cancer treatments approved by the FDA were first developed to treat blood cancer
More than 55,000 patients have received $240 million in co-pay assistance since its inception in 2007’
Team In Training is the flagship fundraising program of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and prepares athletes and everyday people for endurance events in exchange for raising funds for LLS.
In 2015 12,500 TNT participants raised $41.8 million for LLS

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