Today I’m chatting with one of my fellow Team in Training teammates for Walt Disney World Weekend.
My guest is a leukemia survivor and now she’s running with Team in Training to continue fighting the fight.
I am looking forward to going a few easy miles with Kelsey Keil today.
Best Possible Outcome
For Kelsey Keil, the fight to find a cure for cancer is a personal one.
When she was just 7 years old she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).
Kelsey was one of the fortunate ones in her fight to beat the disease.
With minimal time and treatment, she was in remission and has remained that way ever since.
Though her time in treatment was short, the memory has stuck with Kelsey ever since.
At the time of her diagnosis, Kelsey and her family were not aware of Team in Training and the organization’s role in fighting cancer.
Running For A Cause
It was Kelsey’s mom that first introduced her to the idea of running for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Her mom had been running for the organization for quite some time and finally convinced Kelsey to join her.
With the motivation and support of her mom along with Team in Training, Kelsey completed her first half marathon in 2013.
The race went well, but due to life circumstances, Kelsey had to put running on the back burner for a few years.
After finishing up grad school and getting married, Kelsey was finally able to focus on running again.
It was ultimately Team in Training that convinced her to start training again.
Kelsey admittedly loves the social aspect of running and the community it has given her.
Fundraising Doesn’t Have To Be Scary
Kelsey’s first experience fundraising for Team in Training was during her time in college.
College students aren’t known for having a lot of extra funds to donate, but that didn’t put Kelsey off.
Kelsey quickly found that raising money wasn’t nearly as hard as she thought.
The first and most important step is to just ask.
Due to the personal nature of the cause, Kelsey found that family and friends were incredibly generous.
Kelsey’s mom has raised money for 16 separate events and has found that the same people tend to donate yearly.
Team in Training ensures that each member is supported during fundraising and never feels alone or overwhelmed.
The future for Kelsey will include many more races and continued fundraising to support a fight so close to her heart.
Mentioned In This Episode:
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- Team In Training
- Elm Creek 13.1
- Fargo Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k
- Red, White, and Boom! TC Half Marathon, Relay &5k
Support Kelsey Keil in her fight by donating to her Team In Training Page.
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