New Canaan residents Bob Kinney and his 17-year-old son Matt have just returned from Lake Tahoe where they rode their bikes 100 miles with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. This father/son team got a head start on celebrating Father's Day by training for four months with the Connecticut cycle team and raising funds needed to help find a cure for blood cancers and to help improve the lives of patients and their families.

Bob Kinney, the newly-elected president of the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, took on the challenge of this popular annual event, and encouraged Matt to join him. Together, they have raised almost $10,000, and their tally is growing .

"I'm not sure Matt really understand the importance of what he was doing with all the training and asking his friends to support our fundraising campaign, but when he saw 1,500 riders in Lake Tahoe all working toward the same goal, I think it hit him as to how important Team In Training is in raising money to fund the fight against blood cancers," Bob Kinney said.

Bob and Matt Kinney now rank among the 500,000 people who have participated with Team In Training since its inception in 1988. Since then, athletes have trained for marathons, triathlons, cycling and hikes, and have raised more than $1 billion in the fight against blood cancers.

Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and LLS is relentless for a cure. TNT is the signature fundraising program of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and as the leading endurance sports charity training program, provides four to five months of personalized fitness training by certified coaches and the opportunity to be part of a supportive team. Participants come from all walks of life -- from novice to seasoned athlete. To find out more information on joining Connecticut's Team In Training program, visit www.teamintraining.org/ct or call 203-665-1452.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at 800-955-4572.

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