Ben Berman, Valley Beth Shalom, 12th Grade
HOFW: What is The Name of the organization you are involved with?
Ben: I work with the “Team in Training” with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It’s an organization that works to save the lives of blood cancer patients through raising money for blood cancer research.
HOFW: How long have you been involved with this organization?
Ben: I’ve been involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for a few years now, probably around 5 years. However, I started with “Team in Training” just this past fall.
HOFW: What is your position with this organization/what sort of things do you do with them?
Ben: In the past when I was involved with them I mostly would help my sister get donations for her teams with organizations called “Light The Night” and “Relay For Life”. Both of these organizations work to raise money for cancer research. Then, this last fall, I decided to start training for the marathon. I had been involved with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for a while and wanted to do something more for this organization, so I decided to dedicate my loving of running to this amazing organization. Basically how the marathon works is that people can donate money for me running and the money goes to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
HOFW: What inspired you to get involved with this organization?
Ben: I was first inspired to work with “Team in Training” because my mom had previously donated bone marrow to a leukemia patient, whom I later had the privilege of meeting. Because of that connection, I wanted to be able to help even more people with leukemia.
HOFW: How could USYers help spread the word or get involved?
Ben: Throughout the year there are a bunch of different events for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All you have to do is look them up online. There are lots of event like events like “Relay For Life” or “Light The Night” where people could donate to other teams or even start a team themselves.
HOFW: Are there any specific stories you would like to share?
Ben: The reason why I find running for charity so cool is because I hadn’t even thought to use my love of running for a greater cause. But then I found out about “Team in Training” and thought “If I’m going to do this I might as well do it for charity!” And now I realize how important it is not only to help others, but also to find a way to incorporate things you truly enjoy into helping others. And sometimes through social action we can discover that we are actually capable of doing things we never thought possible, such as running a marathon.
To get involved with “Team in Training” as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society talk to Ben or visit their website here.