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Georgia TNT – Claxton Riders!

November 2008

Hello Georgia TNT – Claxton Riders!

Lauren asked me if I would write a little something she could read to you all as you are about to embark on another phase of your TNT journey, the actual event for which you have trained. WOW – I wish I could be with you to see all your faces when you cross that finish line! It’s a fantastic feeling that I will never forget!

I bet you are wondering who I am and why I’ve been asked to share my feelings with you. My name is Jill Powers and I am a Non-Hodgkin’s patient currently battling Follicular Lymphoma. I am unable to be there with you in Claxton for your Century, as I am in the midst of my fifth round of chemo (5 out of 6 – yeah, only 1 more to go!!) Enjoy every minute of the ride, even if you think you want to give up – you’ve trained for this – you’ll get to the end!!! I know you will because I completed the Tahoe Century Ride in June just prior to staring my chemo. You have the best coaches, mentors, and support staff to get you to the finish!

As one of the past Honored Heroes for TNT, I just wanted to say a BIG “Thank You!” You will not only accomplish an amazing journey when you cross that finish line tomorrow, but I’m sure you will have help saved many lives along the way – including mine, of course!

I have been lucky for the past four years that I have not needed any treatment, but that luck has run out. As I stated previously, I am currently going through chemo and hopefully will be done with it Nov 21. I will have had a total of six sessions and they are not fun, let me tell you. On a good note, after round three, I was told that I was in remission! YEAH! Let’s hope it stays that way! I actually like to refer to it as the “Lymphoma Free Zone!” After round six, there will be a long journey back to my normal life – I plan on making my TNT comeback event next year either the Alpharetta Century or the Claxton Century. I hope you’ll join me!

I hope to see all of you out there again for another TNT event in the future. I’m sure you’ll be hooked as I was after my first event. After being diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2004, I joined TNT and have participated in four-and-a-half marathons, one triathlon and one century ride. Yes, Lauren read that correctly, I’m a “Triple Crowner!” I guess you could call me a TNT junkie now. I’ve also participated min many other local events not though TNT, but the TNT ones are the best with the best people and the best spirit!

Again, many thanks for the millions of us whose lives are touched by the struggle with blood cancer. Every mile you ride tomorrow is one mile closer to a cure!!!!

Now go out there and kick some TNT Butt!!! GO TEAM!!!!