Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Celebrating Fathers: Ted Taylor

"A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow."
- Anonymous

The North Texas Chapter is fortunate to have the support of a number of fathers who have a personal connection to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) mission and share our drive to create a world without blood cancers.  Today we are pleased to introduce to you Ted Taylor.  He works relentlessly on behalf of LLS through our Team In Training program.  Read why below. 

What is your connection to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its mission?
My daughter Danielle was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in 1997.

Why did you choose Team In Training as a way to fundraise for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?
In 1999 my wife Dolores started training for the Disney half marathon with Team In Training and we enjoyed the experience.  The following year I signed up for America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Lake Tahoe.  A couple years later when Danielle relapsed she was prescribed Gleevec.  The development of Gleevec was partially funded by LLS and the fundraising efforts of Team In Training participants.  That solidified our involvement with the program.

How has The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society helped you throughout your family's journey with blood cancer?
We were able to meet others that have faced a similar situation. They helped us cope.

What advice would you give to another family with a loved one that's been diagnosed?
Do your research and understand the basic information about the type of blood cancer that you or your loved one has.

What's up next for you and Danielle?
Not sure.  We just completed a sprint triathlon at the PlayTri Festival with Team In Training.  With Danielle starting law school this Fall, we may not be competing together again for a while.  It's Dolores' turn!  She will be signing up for the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco in 2015.

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