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Local woman in running for top fundraiser honor

Tam Driscoll needs the community's help to reach her goal of $50,000 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Tam Driscoll is vying for the honor of the nations top fundraiser for this season of Team in Training for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Shes hosted many fundraisers, including one at Gresham Ford. Here she is pictured on the right with Drew Carney, KGW Newchannel 8 at Sunrise personality, middle, and Daniel Iversen, owner of Portland Adventure Boot Camp, left during her Burpees for Cancer fundraiser on Oct. 5. She's at it again.

Tam Driscoll, a city of Gresham employee fundraiser dynamo for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, is trying to raise more money than anyone else in the nation for this season of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training.

Just a week ago, she'd raised $27,000, enough to rank her as the third highest fundraiser in America behind a woman from Texas and another fundraiser from Palm Beach, Fla.

As of Friday, Oct. 11, Driscoll had taken Texas down by the longhorns, raising a whopping sum total of $40,938.

Now she's set her sights on Florida and needs the community's help to vault her over the $50,000 mark.

Said Bess Wills, General Manager of Gresham Ford, which hosted one of Driscoll's fundraisers this year, "Little ol' Gresham could beat Palm Beach in the fundraising category and help cure the world of leukemia and lymphoma."

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for blood cancers while supporting patients and their families.

Driscoll, Gresham's communications manager, began raising money for the society in 2001 when she signed up for her first marathon as part of Team in Training, a program in which participants train for triathlons, marathons and other endurance events while raising money to find a cure blood cancers.

At the time, Driscoll had no direct connection to the organization's mission. Instead, as a new mother, she was moved by the statistic that leukemia is the number one disease-based killer of children ages 15 and younger.

Two years later, her sister Nancy was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In 2009, she died at the age of 56.

Driscoll channeled her grief into her fundraising. In fall of 2010, she raised $58,000, becoming the season's top fundraiser for Team in Training.

This winter, Driscoll once again suffered a devastating loss from cancer. Her mother Joyce was diagnosed with cancer in February. Before she died, just a month later, she told Driscoll to form a running team in Nancy's memory.

Team Nancy is made up of 12 people, including Driscoll, who are all training for athletic events. Driscoll will be running the Nike Women's Marathon in hilly San Francisco on Oct. 20. Collectively, the team has raised more than $77,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

"Team Nancy's goal is to do what we can, as a collective force, to ensure that cancer becomes part of our past and a word not uttered in the future," Driscoll said.

To help make that a reality, donate at pages.teamintraining.org/oswim/nikesf13/tdriscoll.




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