Thursday, May 12, 2016

Team Five Alive: Putting the TEAM in Teamwork

Kelly Nesbit, co-captain of Team Five Alive, understands the importance of creating the right team dynamic when it comes to achieving the lofty goal of raising $100,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) through Team In Training (TNT) in one year.  In this month's post she talks about how each person plays a very important role in the team's dynamic.

"Today I am proud to introduce you to a handful of the people who make Team Five Alive such a success by the roles in which they play on our team.  Each person brings to the table specific strengths that we need in order to raise enough money to fund a research grant.  

The Seasoned TNT Professional: 
This person joined Team In Training in 2002 and has gone on to complete more than 30 events with TNT.  She has been beneficial in helping us to understand the different angles of TNT (from training tips to fundraising ideas to encouragement to keep going) and keeps us all motivated by sharing the different advancements she's seen develop for blood cancer treatment just since she's been involved with LLS.  We all benefit from her knowledge and experience. 

New Kid on the Block: 
This person got involved with TNT and Team Five Alive as a way to combat the shock and distress of a cancer diagnosis close to home.  His mom was diagnosed with Stage IV High Grade B-Cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - almost exactly ten years after battling breast cancer.  This person knows that a cure for one type of cancer will eventually mean a cure for ALL cancers and that's what has this person training for TNT.  We are benefit from this person's fierce dedication to fundraise for people, like their mother, who need cures now.

This person got involved with Team 5 Alive because of his close relationship with David.  He has signed up to run the New York City marathon this November and is serving as a sounding board and mentor for our group as we navigate all of the that are involved in training for multiple events and raising more than $100,000 in one year.  

Sister-in-Law, Assistant Coach: 
When I approached my sister-in-law about creating Team 5 Alive, she jumped at the chance to celebrate David's five years of remission in such a big way.  She has been relentless in offering up help and volunteering herself to help however we might need.  She is the backbone of this team and I know that we would not have had the incredible success that we've had in such a short time without her.  

Come meet David and I and some of these Team 5 Alive folks at the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament this week.  We will be slinging beers and chatting about the possibility of bumping up our goal from $100,000 to $250,000.  A quarter of a million dollars, what do you think?"


Kelly Nesbit is the co-team captain of Team Five Alive and will be posting monthly about their goal to raise $100,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of  David's fight.

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