PLATTSBURGH - Becky Meyer wants to do her part to help those with leukemia and lymphoma. So much, in fact, that she's taking part in an event for people she's never even met.
The Plattsburgh native and resident is raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program. The program, explained Meyer, involves participants training for endurance events, including marathons, century rides, and triathlons like the Mooseman Triathlon, in which Meyer will participate this June in Bristol, N.H.
Though Meyer is participating, in part, for Justin Meyer, a cousin she knew growing up who had cancer, she's also doing it for at least two other people she doesn't even know.
"[Team in Training] gives you names of people you can run in honor of," she said.
Raising money through Team in Training involves raising at least $3,500, explained Meyer, a goal she is already on her way to achieving.
"So far, I've raised about $1,500," said Meyer, who has been raising money since February. What has she done to get to that point?
"Beg, borrow and steal," she said, laughing. "I've sent out a bunch of letters to people just using names in the phone book. Plus, I used to be a business owner, so I knew of fellow businesses I could ask for donations."
Though excited with her progress so far, Meyer said she knows she has a ways to go. That's why she's working with Champlain Centre and her employer, J.C. Penney Salon, to host a "Cut-A-Thon" this Saturday, April 23. The event will consist of Meyer and a team of volunteers giving haircuts in front of the interior entrance to J.C. Penney from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $10 donations that will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The money raised will help the organization's mission of funding leading-edge medical research, patient assistance programs, community outreach and education programs, and advocacy for legislation.
Meyer said she is still looking for volunteers to assist her in cutting hair at this Saturday's event.
For more information, to volunteer, or to make a donation, contact Meyer at 569-3123.
Donations may also be made on-line for Meyer by visiting www.teamintraining.org and searching for Meyer among the list of participants.