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Herewith, the entire text of an email Ramon sent out to all of us, his Team in Training alumni runners, on Tuesday February 10th.

Hola everybody!!

It’s me, Ramon, the coach with the accent, remember me? You better say a big YES or huge SI! I am at it again!! Read and find out.

As many of you know last year was a very amazing year for me, I had the opportunity of fundraising a good amount of money for a cause and a program I totally believe in and so proud to be a part of, a program that has given me so much, and a program you once were part of.

Some of you thought that doing that 100 mile race was crazy, and let’s face it, you are right, no news there, the coach with the accent is a bit loco!

Anyway, going right to the chase, I am here to tell you that I am doing it all over again, both the Vermont 100 mile race, and the fundraising!

Why? Because, hmmmmm, because ahh hmmmm, wait, I know, because I am crazy, yes! CRAZY about the many people I have met through my years of coaching that have been affected directly or indirectly by this illness, people that have changed my life and I want to do my part to help them and others to be able to be themselves !!

This year I am going to run for a few people:

  1. Lauren Chiarello, a super amazing young woman, who I met during last season while training for her first half marathon, Disney 2009, she is Hodgkin Lymphoma survivor who only a couple of weeks after a great experience in Disney found out that her cancer is back and is now about to start treatment again. That’s just NOT FAIR!!  Read about Lauren.
  2. Suzanne Donaldson, a person that has enriched my life in ways that she would never know, a friend for life, a survivor that is going through tests right now and hoping that next Wednesday February 11th the news she’ll receive will be the good kind (let’s all keep her in our thoughts). Read about Suzanne.
  3. And of course I am also running in honor of the little girls that got me to the finish line last year, Kate, Emma and Olivia, what can I say? I just love them!!

These amazing people remind me that the fight against cancer still continues, we are not done yet, the race continues, and I want to be part of it!!

So here where all of you come in, Please donate and help me reach my goal of $50,000, just go to my website. Anything and everything counts, you all know it!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you,

Ramon Bermo
TNT NYC Head Marathon Coach

PS–If you decide not to donate you have to come back to us and run another event (or run your first event), you choose!
PPS–Read about last year’s adventure.

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If any of you have ever trained with the New York City chapter of Team in Training, then you all know what an amazing and cool coach Ramon Bermo is. Ramon has trained and inspired thousands of runners to safely complete (or to qualify for Boston, yes, us charity runners are not all back-of-the-packers) in marathons and half-marathons for over six years.  And now, he’s decided to focus on the other side of the charity racing coin: he’s running the Vermont 100 on July 19th, 2008, with a goal of raising $50,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As it trns out, he’s already raised more than his goal, but, surely as runners you can understand: why stop there? There’s always the next breakthrough on the horizon.

So, this post is just my little shout-out for him. I know many of you have run in races for charity yourselves, I know all of you have had at least one coach or mentor who has helped you turn the corner from “jogger” to “runner.” And, I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that all of you have had your lives touched by the devestating effects of cancer.

If you’re feeling generous (or even if you’re not — Ramon accepts donations of $5), click here and help get Ramon to $100,000. (I just set a new goal for him. Hope you don’t mind, Coach.)

In Ramon’s words:

I am aware that many of you have a direct connection to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s cause, and I plan to run in honor of all of you that have been affected by leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. I will run in honor of all of you that I have met through all those miles of running.

 A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of meeting Kate Davis, an amazing little lady!! Since I first saw Kate’s picture she has always been my own reminder of why we do what we do. Everytime I looked at her beautiful face and happy little eyes, I always wondered “Why?” such a beautiful little person had to go through that.

 That’s why Kate, as well as her two sisters Emma and Olivia, will be my inspiration as I take on a new challenge. They will be the faces of all of you, the Honorees, and the family’s affected by all of these diseases.

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