Northwest NEWS

March 13, 2000

Valley Special

Two local mothers walk for a cure

Pair will collect donations needed for leukemia research

   When Teresa Taylor and Mary McFall participate in the Anchorage Midnight Sun Marathon on June 17, they won't be doing it for themselves.

   Teresa and Mary, from Carnation, are members of the Team in Training, a program that benefits the Leukemia Society of America. These participants run or walk marathons in honor of local leukemia patients.

   Taylor and McFall are walking in honor of Katie Skurski, a four-year-old girl from Brier with leukemia. Katie's favorite movie is Sleeping Beauty, her favorite book is Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, and she loves to watch Rugrats on TV. Katie's hobbies are coloring and blowing bubbles.

   "We've always wanted to participate in a challenging cause, but needed the inspiration," said Teresa. "Katie Skurski is that inspiration. Whenever we feel like we're going to give up, we think about what she is going through. Our challenge is nothing in comparison to hers."

   Team in Training members receive a five-month comprehensive training program suited to meet their individual needs. Runners and walkers are trained for optimal performance and receive expert coaching and marathon information from expert local coach Heather Slee.

   The program includes group training runs and walks, individualized training schedules, and informational clinics that include nutrition, injury prevention, strength, conditioning and stretching, and race strategy. Team in Training members raise funds for the Leukemia Society of America. The Society's mission is to advance the treatment and find a cure for leukemia and its related cancers.

   Teresa and Mary's goal is to raise $3,500 in donations each by April 2 for the Leukemia Society. They will be joining 300 others from the Washington-Alaska chapter and over 4,000 team members from around the country for this event. The Anchorage Midnight Sun Marathon is expected to raise over $12 million.

   "The Leukemia Society is very proud of our Team in Training program," said Darcy Valentine, the Washington-Alaska Chapter's Team In Training Director. "Nationally, we predict that this program will raise $60 million in this fiscal year. At the Leukemia Society, 80 percent of our revenue directly helps patients and research, public and professional education, and community service."

   Those who would like to support Teresa and Mary in their efforts can send a tax-deductible donation to the Leukemia Society of America, c/o Teresa Taylor and Mary McFall, 2030 Westlake Ave., Seattle, WA 98121. For more information on the Team in Training and future marathon programs, please call 206-628-0777, or toll free at 888-345-4LSA.