TMC Athletes: Marathon Runner Raises Money for Charity

Lisa Aloyse, outpatient coder

Marathon runner

A snapshot:

I have been with Team in Training, a fundraising program for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, for the past three years. I’m presently training for Goofy’s Challenge, which is a two-day event at Disney World in January. On the first day, runners complete a half-marathon, or 13.1 miles, and then the next day, will complete a full marathon, or 26.2 miles.

What served as your inspiration to start?

It was that big monumental birthday. I was creeping up on 40 and it had always been my goal to run at least one marathon before I turned 40. I didn’t know how to train for one, but I remembered that the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society had a program that assisted with endurance sports fundraising so I got in touch with them. Now, I’m 42 and I’ve done three full marathons and eight half marathons.

Twenty six miles is a long way. How do you keep going?

We all have an honored hero that we’re matched up with. When it gets tough, you think about your hero. In my case, she’s 7 and she’s very brave. Ella has had cancer twice in her life.  The first time, she had leukemia.  Over a year ago, she was diagnosed with cancer of her kidney.  She is now cancer free but is having terrible side effects from the chemotherapy.  When I have doubts about why I’m doing this, I think of her and know that she didn’t give up and that what I am going through is minor to all that she has had to endure.

Any tips on how to get started?

Just start. Even if you can only walk 20 minutes, just do that. If I can do it, a lot of people can do it. I’m not a fast runner and I’m not particularly athletic.Also, people should know that you don’t have to run the entire way of a marathon.  There are speed walkers and other people who do a run/walk combination throughout the marathon, like they run for 4 minutes and walk for 1 minute.  So if you have the determination, you can find a way.

How about tips on the fundraising?

That can be the hardest part for people, but it really helps build self-esteem and you find ways to do it. I’ve done silent auctions and raffles at parties, and last year, a friend got a band and a DJ for a Labor Day party and we charged $10 a head.  I’m trying to raise $100 per mile for the 39.3 mile Goofy Challenge. Anyone who wants to sponsor me can donate on my fundraising site:

Or if they just want to learn more about Team in Training, more information can be found at

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