McKINNEY (Sept. 1, 2015) — It all started with an information meeting in 2009. Roy Ponder’s wife, Chris, came home and said she had signed up to run the relay in the Dallas White Rock Marathon.

His wife was touched by a story about a boy named Griffin that lost his life to Neuroblastoma. He didn’t have a direct connection with the cause, but his wife was passionate about it, having lost both grandparents to cancer, so he was on board and signed up to fundraise too.

That season, along with the help of Team In Training mentors and coaching staff, they trained Roy Ponder to complete his first marathon as well as raising almost $3,500 between the couple. He has since gone on to complete every distance there is from 5K, back-to-back marathons and even a 100-mile race. Showing up every Saturday at 6:30 a.m. to run with the team he soon found a direct connection with the cause.

Listening to mission moments of perfectly normal kids on the outside, but on the inside their bodies are fighting off Leukemia. He has witnessed many losing their battles, so it becomes personal to see kids the age of his own fighting cancer. He and his wife continue to raise funds for the cause and have almost hit the $40,000 mark.

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, Mayor Brian Loughmiller issued a proclamation to Roy Ponder during the McKinney City Council meeting declaring September Blood Cancer Awareness month in honor of his personal commitment to finding cures for blood cancers.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) stands by volunteers like Roy Ponder and is working to create a world without blood cancers. LLS has invested more than $1 billion into cutting-edge research since its inception with $78 million of that being invested just last year.

 

About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) 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, N.Y., LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit lls.org or contact the Information Resource Center at 1-800-955-4572, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT.