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Ruck Marching the California International Marathon (CIM) in honor of my mother.














Finished! I was able to complete the CIM with my 50+ lbs rucksack.  Time was a little slower than i wanted, but I finished.


​My mother, Ruth Tolle, passed away last year (03/11/17) after a short battle with Large B-cell Lymphoma. In her honor, and to acknowledge the 25th anniversary of my enlistment in the US Army (03/12/93), I ruck marched the California International Marathon on December 2, 2018. The date of the race was also my mother’s birthday, when she would have turned 79.​


I did a fundraiser in my mother's name for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).  Through generous donations, I was able to raise nearly $7,800 for the LLS.  The LLS is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancers.  It sponsors research to find cures for these cancers and provides information to patients and their loved ones. The


I also donated 25% of my 2018 book royalties to the LLS.

* The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all monetary donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by tax laws. Please check with your financial advisor if you have more questions.

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Mail Donations

To donate via regular mail, please print out the PDF below.  It has the address to send the check, as well as the information that I can use to track total donations.  Please make the check payable to "LLS" or "Leukemia & Lymphoma Society."

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