Soren is Soaring, and Vaughn is racing for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Dear friends,

Thank you all for your love and support, especially over the past 13 months. I am sharing another chapter: I have joined Team in Training to race Ironman Lake Tahoe on September 21st.  I see this as the beginning of our charity and advocacy efforts. Please share this effort if you see fit, and click HERE for more information or to donate.

Why am I racing Ironman Lake Tahoe for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society?

  • Because 140.6 miles of Ironman racing is NOTHING in comparison to the brutally intense chemotherapy that blood cancer patients currently endure.

agony hill

a rough snapshot of the first treatment. note the chartreuse color on the one line


  • Because our 7 year old son Soren in his 9th month of remission from lymphoma – and hopefully a lifetime – and all children deserve his world-class care.


    • Because from the first meeting of morning rounds at Boston Children’s Hospital for patient Soren Cooper, it became plainly, awe-inspiringly evident that treating and caring for childhood cancer patients requires a massive, all-of-the-best-hands-on-deck approach that is sustainable only by incredible charity.   I can’t think of a better cause. Can you?

      "That's Soren's room," says Harlan
      “That’s Soren’s room,” says Harlan
    • Because families need help in providing the support that their loved ones need to fight blood cancers, and they need your support to help sustain them. Team LLS knows this better than nearly everyone.


    • Because it seems like I’ve been training for a lifetime for this opportunity, both as a genetics professor studying mutation and questions like “why cancer?”, and as a triathlete in my 25th year and striving for my 20th Ironman. I’m committed to this journey of making a difference for cancer treatment, as a researcher, athlete, parent, caregiver, shoulder to lean on, and storyteller.


  • Because what a difference a year makes!

By participating as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) TNT, I am raising funds to help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Your donation will help fund treatments that save lives every day.

Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training, at Ironman Lake Tahoe on September 21st, and beyond, and help get us all closer to a world without blood cancers.

Thank you!


Vaughn, on behalf of Erika, Harlan and SOREN.

Soren is Soaring, and Vaughn is racing for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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