2014 is a special year for the North Texas Team In Training (TNT) campaign. It is celebrating 20 years of running, biking, and hiking to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its mission to find a cure for blood cancers. Saturday, February 8th TNT will kick off a year of celebrating. To honor the thousands of North Texas TNT alumni and the millions of dollars they raised in the last 20 years, we are going to count down each year of the program leading up to the TNT Alumni "Celebrate You" event on February 8th.
Team In Training creator Bruce Cleland and a team of 38 people raised $320,000 in the New York City Marathon in 1988. One year later, LLS' Westchester Chapter recruited 75 people to participate in the New York City Marathon again. It was not until 1993 that the LLS CEO, Dwayne Howell, convened a task force to select a national campaign with the capacity to raise a lot of money quickly. The group was forced to choose between TNT and another program. TNT won and the program spread to 20 chapters, including North Texas.