We've Crossed The Finish Line!

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Congratulations to team Teen Cancer America's Band on the Run runners on their Marathon Finish!!! Each and every participant proved beyond doubt just what truly amazing individuals they are!! It is through the efforts of ordinary people doing something extraordinary that we are making a difference for teens and young adults going through cancer! This year’s LA Marathon 2017 was a fantastic success! So HUGE thanks go out to all our volunteers, supporters, donors, and of course our 76 runners.

LA Marathon 2017 Success Stories & Celebrations

Sean David - Captain of TCA's Band on the Run

Amy Keenan

STA Travel Runner who joined us all the way from Australia

I started the day at 4am to be ready for my 7am start. I was excited and nervous as I was not sure what a Marathon run would be like. I met a nice man at the start of the race, who was encouraging and supportive, in fact I found all the people involved really enthusiastic to be there and helpful.

As I had never been to Los Angeles before the LA Marathon and always wanted to visit, I thought running this race might be a good way to see the city! Whilst I was running the 26.2 miles, I loved the journey through the suburbs and seeing how different all the areas of LA are - my favorite was the hip hop vans just before WEHO (West Hollywood)!!

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Every half mile was like a walking buffet! Skittles, Pretzels, Gatorade, Water, Pizza Squares - you could not have needed anything more. With blue skies and the sun shining, it was a beautiful day to get out there and enjoy the environment!

Rodeo Drive was my second highlight, all the buildings sparkling and the supporters cheering you on as you were trying 100% to make the finish line was inspiring. At the finish line I was definitely exhausted, but felt so energized and fulfilled! I had a friend waiting at the end of the race which gave me an extra boost to spur me on to finish with a massive smile on my face and win that medal!

I was amazed that I still had enough energy to walk around Santa Monica Pier and enjoy Venice Beach!

I thank Teen Cancer America so much for giving me this opportunity and now I am back in my native Australia I will always remember this LA Marathon day!

Sean David - Captain of TCA's Band on the Run

Sean David - Captain of TCA's Band on the Run

Thank you to our amazing team – for an inspiring performance. I am still limping around and easing slowly back to my running routine. Despite the exhaustion of just running a marathon, I have a bounce in my step because I am so inspired by all of you. We have a special team – runners and everyone who supported the runners and the hearts and wings for whom we run! I can't speak for anyone else, but I could not have run this race and raised any money without the help of a lot of friends. Thanks to you and especially my lovely wife and cancer surgeon Shannon and my parents for all your hard work, dedication, and support. We had some great feats in the LA Big 5K and the marathon relays and the marathon performances were better than ever! Pease post your photos on the TCA Band on the Run Facebook page. We have started a movement and we are just getting started! Here's to Band on the Run and Teen Cancer America!

Hannah’s 5k Experience

Hannah Lottenberg

Hannah’s 5k Experience

As an intern for Teen Cancer America, this year’s 5k was my second 5k for Teen Cancer America. At last year’s 5k, I was still very new to TCA and it really made me realize the large community of supporters that Teen Cancer America has. It blew me away to see how many people ran/walked for Teen Cancer America, and I couldn’t see how this year could possibly be any better. But, it surpassed my expectations! I drove myself alone to the event and I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to find anyone from Teen Cancer America. But, sure enough, the moment I walked out of my car, I could see the huge Teen Cancer America tent. It was bigger than I remembered and really stood out on the cloudy day. I once again was thoroughly shocked at how many people decided to come out so early on a Saturday morning to run for TCA. My heart was so full as I saw the overwhelming support we had. As a cancer survivor and intern, I know firsthand how important Teen Cancer America’s mission is and it was so rewarding to see everyone gathered together.

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By far my favorite aspect was our bright red shirts. Even though I didn’t know all of the volunteers, our red Teen Cancer America running shirts stood out so much in the crowd of so many people. Even though I had a bad ankle, I chose to participate and I walked the 5k with other Teen Cancer America volunteers. As we crossed the finish line we heard the announcers say: “Another group from Teen Cancer America, there are so many of you here today!” It gave me pride to say that I was part of Teen Cancer America and in my eyes our goal was achieved. We stood out, showed our support, and donated in a very interactive way. Many people came up to our booth and asked how they could have registered to run for Teen Cancer America, so I know our Band on the Run will only grow from here.

As I mingled and talked to everyone after the 5k I couldn’t help but feel so grateful to be part of such an incredible community. It was worth waking up at 4am on my birthday weekend because our efforts paid off. We’ve raised show much money and by showing up, we raised necessary awareness for teenage cancer. It was another day that I’ll remember forever and even more evidence as to why becoming a part of Teen Cancer America has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I can’t wait to come home from college next year and participate yet again with an even bigger Band on the Run.

It Takes an Army

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To all our volunteers - we could not have done this without you!! You pounded the streets of LA asking for food & gifts for our runners, you made pasta, set up tents, pinned a hundred bibs, got up at sunrise - not just for one day but for two, passed out water, sang & cheered until you lost your voice, and so much more! Each volunteer worked so hard in order to make a difference in the life of a teen going through cancer. We cannot thank you enough!! So let's celebrate!

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