Don Schaet started his journey with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT) by taking a 100-mile bike ride in Santa Fe, New Mexico back in 1999. He wanted a way to stay fit and help children suffering from blood cancers.
Don has completed 40 fundraising endurance events with TNT including 38 century bike rides, a marathon and a triathlon. He rode 100 miles in Hawaii, where he was stationed as a Marine, in 2008. Don rode in Lance Armstrong’s Ride for the Roses in Texas in 2011 and along the Yellowstone River in Montana in 2012. This June marks Don’s 39th century bike ride in Lake Tahoe as a member of Team In Training.
Don has raised over $200,000 for LLS, including more than $10,000 to date for his current event. His goal is to bring that total up to over a quarter-million dollars by June, making him one of the Georgia Chapter’s top fundraisers. He aims to raise $60,000 this year with Team In Training. With over $1.4 billion raised since 1988, TNT athletes are contributing to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's goal of one day finding cures for blood cancers.
When asked what drives him, Don says “I participate in TNT events to end the suffering from blood cancers and hasten the day when there is a cure.” The discovery of better treatment options and cures is what keeps him active and raising funds. In addition, he has accomplished his personal quest to pedal a 100-mile bike ride in all 50 states.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT) is the country’s largest charity based sports endurance training program offering participants the opportunity to take part in marathons, half marathons, triathlons, cycling events and hiking adventures while fundraising to help the fight against blood cancer.
There are several ways you can get involved:
Make a generous donation towards Don's fundraising efforts: www.tinyurl.com/DonSchaetforLLS
Don will personally match gifts of $100, and the first $100 of all gifts greater than $100.
Join the Summer 2014 America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride and train alongside Don during this very momentous season! Visit www.teamintraining.org/ga to learn more!