Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Fitness Challenge Goes Virtual

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Key Takeaways

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has advised against in-person gatherings. This has been a big hit to organizations that use marathons and other physical activities to raise money for their work.
  • This year, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is hosting a virtual 31-day Team In Training Re(solution) Challenge.
  • The goal of the event is to help create community and promote fitness while raising awareness and funds for cancer research. 
  • The deadline to register is January 22, 2021.

Marathons and various in-person fitness challenges have taken a hit during the pandemic, not only for athletes but also for organizations that typically use these events as a fundraising tool. 

This year, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)'s fundraising platform is going virtual. The organization is hosting a 31-day Team In Training Re(solution) Challenge to help create community and promote fitness while raising awareness and funds for cancer research. 

The LLS Virtual Fitness Challenge

The free online event, which takes place throughout the month of January, is the second installment of the LLS Virtual Challenge Series. It encourages participants from all over the world to pick a sport or activity to help meet a preset mileage goal, which is tracked using a personalized fundraising page that can be shared with friends and family, who can make donations and cheer them on. 

“The virtual platform is a great way to get people to participate in a fitness challenge that they may not have felt comfortable doing in person,” Gwen Nichols, MD, chief medical officer for LLS, tells Verywell. “It is a new way for people, who are currently stuck at home, to use a healthy outlet to raise funds for LLS.”

How To Join

Registration is open on the LLS website until January 22, 2021. When you sign up, you'll also get additional resources to help you achieve your goal, including a musical playlist and exclusive merchandise, as well as the opportunity to invite friends and family to join. 

When registering, members will choose a mileage goal (25, 50, 100, 250, or 500 miles) and the sport or activity they'll use to achieve the goal. The challenge, which already has thousands of participants, does not have a fundraising minimum that needs to be met. However, participants are encouraged to set a donation goal, and prizes will be awarded based on money raised. 

The challenge will conclude via a virtual party to celebrate member accomplishments. 

What Registration Includes

  • LIVE Team Huddle on Instagram & Facebook (@TeamInTraining)
  • Re(Solution) Challenge Playlist
  • Fundraising & Social Media Toolkit
  • Training Resources with an Exclusive Event Facebook Group
  • Badges & Achievement Milestones
  • Digital Finisher Certificate
  • Virtual Finisher Medal
  • Virtual Post Challenge Celebration
  • New and Exclusive Swag

Additional Virtual Challenges

LLS has been creating community through in-person fitness competitions for years, and they're not slowing down. The organization is already planning more virtual challenges and events throughout the year to keep its members and new participants healthy and engaged. 

Upcoming Online Events

  • Big Virtual Climb is set to take place on May 15, 2021. For this event, you'll choose how to conquer your climb by climbing steps or taking strides (walking, jogging, or running) to reach your step goal.
  • Team In Training offers several virtual endurance training options to choose from. Participants will help support teammates and beat cancer to the finish line.
  • Light The Night brings hope to the struggles that come with cancer. The LLS is creating a new kind of inspirational event experience to celebrate, honor, or remember those affected by the disease.

LLS: More Than a Research Organization 

Along with being a leader in blood cancer research and fundraising, LLS provides information, services, and resources for people who are navigating a diagnosis of leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma.

Information specialists, including oncology social workers, nurses, and health educators, are on hand to provide personalized guidance on disease management, financial assistance, clinical trial information, as well as other forms of support and resources. 

“We have folks ready to help people through this,” Nichols says. “Information specialists are ready to show patients and caretakers the ropes with assistance on services, medicine information, how to get a second opinion, financial and insurance help, and how to talk with your doctor.”

To understand the impact of COVID-19 on blood cancer patients, Nichols says that the LLS is awaiting the results of a survey that was recently administered to 8,000 of its members. The goal of the survey was to gauge how the trickle-down effect of the pandemic has delayed, altered, or changed the course of treatment, as well as to assess the outcomes of those who contracted COVID-19. 

What This Means For You

If you want to get involved in the LLS Virtual Challenge, you have until January 22 to register. There are also other upcoming online events this year that you can take part in.

By Amy Isler, RN, MSN, CSN
Amy Isler, RN, MSN, CSN, is a registered nurse with over six years of patient experience. She is a credentialed school nurse in California.