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Why you see so much purple on race day

In Memory of James Plotnick - Sept 5, 2000 - May 25, 2010

Hi! I am James and I am 9 years old. In August 2004, I was diagnosed with ALL. I finished over 3 years of chemotherapy at Childrens Hospital in Denver and was off therapy for nearly 2 years when I relapsed in August of 2009. I have spent the past 10 months at TCH in an intensive chemotherapy course and am part of a study that I hope will make therapy more successful for patients in the future. I am in 4th grade and have a sister Anna (7) and a brother Luke (6). I love legos and soccer. I hope to cheer and inspire you with hope to cross that finish line this fall.
James was a Team Hero for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Team In Training. Above is what participants get from the Hero to help bring them closer to the cause. In most cases, we are lucky to have the Team Hero at our event or pre-race celebration. James, unfortunately, lost his battle to blood cancer last week and will not be there to cheer us on, but I can tell you without a doubt that his spirit will be with all of us as we train and race.

If you ever see people at races wearing purple, or out on the trails and roads with their Team In Training logos on, you know why they do what they do. We are fighting for others like James and their families. All you need to do is shout out a "Go Team!" and see us smile.

Please consider a donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - follow this link to donate. No donation is too small, and all are 100% tax-deductible. Thank you for your support.

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