April 2, 2013
This fall, Kellen Company lost Ellen Kushman, a beloved employee in our New York office to a two-year battle with blood cancer. After her passing, a group of employees and members of the International Interior Design Association New York chapter, of which Ellen was Executive Director, decided to form “Team Ellen.” The team fundraised to support research for blood cancers including leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s diease and myeloma. Through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training program, the team trained for three months and participated in the New York City Half Marathon on March 17th. In the process, they raised over $39,000 for LLS.
Check out what members of Team Ellen had to say about the experience and view their pictures from the half marathon, below.
- “Running the NYC half marathon was an amazing experience! It was a great way to become closer to my colleagues and an even better way to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I’m so proud of our team for crossing the finish line and adding $39,000 to help fight cancer. What race is next?!”- Lauren Beneri, Account Executive
- “Running a half-marathon was never a goal of mine, and I would never consider myself a runner, so finishing the NYC Half Marathon with Team in Training was easily one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I was able to train and run with some awesome people and had an absolute blast doing it. Completing an endurance event on its own can be gratifying enough, but to be able to run in memory of Ellen, and for the team to raise $39,000 for LLS, just makes it that much more special.”- Emily Brochstein, Account Executive
- “This was the first time I’ve ever run farther than a 10K. The half marathon training, fundraising and the “I’m not sure if I can do this” feeling right before the race will be memories that I’ll never forget. I had such a great time running with my friends and co-workers! It’s a really good feeling knowing that we all pulled together and raised so much money for the LLS, for our dear friend Ellen Kushman.”- Alan Goodin, Account Executive
- “If you had told me last March that I would be completing the NYC Half Marathon in a year – I would’ve told you that you were crazy! But the Team in Training program paired with the support from the rest of the team and everyone in our office not only made it possible, but made it fun. Crossing the finish line knowing that the money I raised will help to support blood cancer research is even more satisfying. Round 2: Hampton’s Half Marathon – here we come :)”- Stephanie Meyering, Senior Account Executive
- “Participating in the Team in Training program for LLS was inspiring. What motivated me the most was listening to the ‘mission moments’ before each group run, where teammates shared their personal connections to cancer and reasons for training. Even though everyone’s stories were different, we all had a common goal, to raise money in the fight against cancer. I thought about these mission moments while training. Whenever a run was tough or when it was freezing cold or raining, I would remind myself that the run was easy compared to what people battling cancer have experienced. It was an honor to run in memory of Ellen and I know she would have loved seeing her fellow KCO’ers running in Team Ellen jerseys that included an image of her beloved bird on the back. I am extremely proud of our team for raising $39,000 and for completing 13.1 miles in 2013. It’s an accomplishment we can brag about at least until the end of the year or until our next race!”- Ellery Moses, Account Executive
- “Running the NYC half marathon, 13.1 miles for LLS was a fantastic experience only made better by training and fundraising with my peeps at Kellen.”- Travis Rush, Business Development Manager
Team Ellen plans to run in the Hampton’s Half Marathon this September. To learn more about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program, visit http://www.teamintraining.org/.