By May “Mosaic” Advincula, Editor-in-chief
Stephanie “BCBG” Casajuana, a 25-year-old alumna from the University of Georgia Alpha Chapter, will go the distance at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon in June with the Georgia Chapter of Team in Training to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Team in Training, an extension of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, strives to use endurance event training as a symbol of endurance and hope. The organization also aims to raise money for research and services, to honor patients and their families and to foster connections between volunteers and the patients and their families.
Casajuana first encountered Team in Training when her co-worker trained and fundraised for a marathon in Alaska. Later, Casajuana learned that her husband’s cousin ran a Team in Training marathon in Boston, of which he described to her as being “one of the best experiences.”
When Casajuana ran the Disney Marathon in Orlando, Fla. this past January, she encountered many of the Team in Training runners, coaches and supporters. After observing the support network between the group members, it was then that Casajuana decided she, too, would run with the organization.
“The most appealing aspect of running is getting to think. I get to think things through about life and work,.” Casajuana said. She admits that the most quirky thought she had while running was challenging herself to say the Greek alphabet as fast as she could. While timing herself during a run, Casajuana still managed to say say it in 10 seconds despite heavy breathing resulting from the activity from the run.
When asked about the most challenging aspect of her current marathon training, Casajuana said that the Atlanta hills are “both a blessing and a curse– a blessing because it helps build speed and strength; a curse because it is extrememly difficult!” To keep herself motivated Casajuana thinks about Team and Training and its mission. “Just knowing that by completing the training and fund-raising, I’m helping [to] fight against cancer,” she said.
Casajuana hopes that by running this marathon she will inspire others to make use of their passions for good causes. “I hope to encourage people to find something that they love doing and figure out a way to use that to help others,” she said.
To learn more about Team in Training visit: http://www.teamintraining.org/
To view Stephanie’s Team in Training participant page visit: http://pages.teamintraining.org/ga/rnr10/scasajuana