North Country woman finds a reason to run

PERU Those who frequently spot Jamie Parrotte traversing the rural roads of Peru might assume she has a passion for running. Her passion, however, is for raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. Her inspiration and hero is her nephew, Max Parrotte, who was nine years old when he passed away from lymphoma last November. Parrotte has been a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training, also known as TNT, since last spring when she learned of Maxs diagnosis. She trained and ran in her first race, the Adirondack Half Marathon last fall. She was joined by 41 other TNT members from all across the nation and, together, they raised more than $90,000 for the society whose mission is to Cure leukemia, lymphoma, and Hodgkins disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The society notes every five minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes someone dies. Now, Parrotte is training for two more races; the Vermont City Marathon May 25, and the Lake Placid Half Marathon June 15, with hopes of raising $3,500 for the cause. While Parrotte is running, her thoughts often turn to Max and his parents and siblings. On one especially cold, sleeting, windy day I literally froze on one of my long runs, she recalled. I started to doubt why I was doing this. But, at the end, when I opened the mailbox I found two donation envelopes. I thought to myself, A little discomfort is nothing compared to what Max went through. I never want children to suffer the way Max did, she continued. I feel I have to do something, and if running and raising money for the society helps, Ill run as far as I can for the cause. Parrottes determination has paid off in other areas as well. She has become a source of inspiration to her three teens. Im proud that she has been so selfless in raising funds to find a cure. She motivates me to help those who are struggling, said her daughter, Delainey. Her drive and determination have positively affected everyone around her, commented her son, Tristan. Her running inspires me to be more enduring than I was before, said her son, Keegan. Seeing her run so long without tiring makes me feel like I can do so much more. Parrotte realizes she couldnt accomplish what she has without others. I would like to thank everyone who has donated and supported me, she said. I appreciate all the kind words and encouragement they gave. Parrotte encourages everyone to visit her Web site, www.active.com/donate/tntnyvt/tntnyvtJParrot. Parrotte is not the only TNT member in the North Country. Melissa Haber of Cliff Haven (www.active.com/donate/tntnyvt/mhaber), Kimberly Kleist of Champlain (kimberlykleist@charter.net), Shauna Miller of Champlain (sbarse2@twcny.rr.com), Kelly Sexton of West Chazy, (rentforspace@yahoo.com), Mary Skillan of Plattsburgh (mmarcil@westelcom.com), and Peter Trombley of Morrisonville (colors20@hotmail.com) are also TNT members training for the Lake Placid Half Marathon. They are all running in honor of loved ones, and they are all coached by Virginia Hewitt of Peru. To learn more about each members story or to donate visit their Web sites. To learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, visit www.LLS.org or call 1-888-HELP-LLS.

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