Introducing Skip


Skip is a 63-year-old man from the Seattle area. He was diagnosed with leukemia three years ago. He is a Team in Training “Honored Teammate.” He brings lots of food to Team in Training practices, and he loves to hang out, laugh and chat with the staff, volunteers and runners.

When I introduced myself to Skip at a recent practice (next to the bagel table), he said he was feeling pretty crummy. He’d had chemo earlier in the week and had spent a couple of days in the hospital recovering from it. He’s in “wait and see” mode with the cancer right now. He looked hearty and seemed to be standing for an hour or so with no problem, and chatting away. In my limited experience, he looked GREAT for a cancer patient.

I asked him how he got involved in Team in Training. He told me that he has two adult daughters. After he was diagnosed, one of them decided to run the Seattle Marathon with Team in Training to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Then his other daughter who lives out of state ran the Vancouver B.C. marathon.

Skip reminded me of my dad when he was telling me about his daughters. He got choked up, especially when telling me about his daughter who is “not very athletic,” and how proud he was of her for doing this.

Skip told me that Team in Training has meant so much to him over the past two years. He said, “I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” There was a brief silence. And then he added, “Except a cure for my leukemia.”


(Grant Falk, 14, from Brier, is also an Honored Teammate. Track his cancer treatment progress on his blog.)


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