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26 Miles, Innumerable Memories

Westbury resident runs marathon in Alaska 

Westbury resident Tara Spohrer recently went over 3,000 miles away to Alaska, not to sightsee or on vacation, but to run a marathon in efforts to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Spohrer is the senior campaign manager for the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She got involved with the organization when she was in college and has enjoyed working for such a great cause.

“I love our mission of helping our patients and the inspiration and interaction with patients,” Spohrer said.

Spohrer’s first marathon was in Miami two years ago. In Anchorage, Alaska, she did a half marathon with Team In Training, which provides coaching and training for LLS workers wishing to compete in a marathon, cycling events, hikes and more.  

She says that her experience in Alaska was awesome, and wishes she could do it all again. She’s done several marathons, but says that his was more challenging than others she’s done in the past.

“The race was a little warmer than expected and the trails were more difficult,” Spohrer says.

Other than the race, Spohrer says one of the best parts of the event was meeting survivors and people from other Team In Training Chapters across the country. She was able to meet several cancer survivors and hear many inspiring stories.

“I got to spend the weekend with people who directly benefited from the dollars we raised,” Spohrer said. “It’s nice to connect with other people and hear their stories. It’s a great opportunity to bring all the fundraising work into one room.

Spohrer was able to raise over $4,300 for the cause, and the whole event raised $500,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Spohrer says there are marathons and other fundraising events going on year round and encourages people to find out more by calling (631) 370-7541 or visiting www.teamintraining.org/li.