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Alumni Lynn Davis Runs for the Cure

Lynn Davis crossing finish line. Lynn Davis crossing finish line.

Some people always talk of wanting to do something about the problems that confront this world, whether that is poverty, crime, education or some other challenge. Then there are people like Lynn Davis who walk their talk about making the world a better place.

Ms. Davis runs marathons to raise awareness and funds to fight blood cancers. Her focus is on the eradication of blood cancers known as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Nearly 300 people in the United States are diagnosed with these deadly cancers every five minutes. Ms. Davis ran in her second half marathon recently in the Baltimore Under Amour Running Festival. The sold out event is one of the largest runs/races in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Over twenty-five thousand runners made their way through such historic Baltimore sites as Druid Hill Park and the Maryland Zoo for the first time this year.

Lynn Davis says it wasn't until she lost her beloved aunt to myeloma that she became aware of that particular form of cancer. "I didn't know much about the disease, except it is a form of blood cancer", she says. Ms. Davis says a friend later told her about an organization called "Team in Training" that sponsors marathons to raise awareness about the disease. "That's when I started training and ran my first half marathon over the summer. I was determined to complete the ZUUMA half marathon because of a promise I made to my brother, who passed away in May. When I crossed the finish line, I said, "We did it!" "It was really overwhelming," she said.

Team in Training is a program within the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society that trains individuals to compete in endurance sports events while raising money that funds life saving research and provides incredible care and support to blood cancer patients and their families.

Team in Training is the #1 endurance training program in the country, accounting for more than 30,000 athletes raising over $71 million in 2008. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or LLS, has invested more than $600 million since 1949. Their goal is to cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and Myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Ms. Davis has always had a can do attitude. Even her decision to attend Sojourner-Douglass College was based on a focused goal to continue her education at a college that embraced the needs of African American students. "Growing up in a community that did not have much cultural diversity, it was important to me to be in an environment of my peers who shared similar life experiences". One of her most profound academic experiences occurred in her Education Seminar class, taught by the renowned Dr. Henry. "I wish everyone could've taken her class. She was the best" says Ms. Davis. "She expounded on the contextual meaning of the Negro National Anthem that expanded my intellectual understanding exponentially. After that, I knew SDC is where I was supposed to be".

The loss of a loved one touches all of us at some time. When asked what she remembers most about her aunt, Mrs. Amy Parker, Ms. Davis pauses to select one of many fond memories. "Aunt Booty", as she was known to me, taught me to be an usher in our home church when I was a little girl. She was always impeccably dressed in her white uniform, hat and gloves. She was proud and beautiful".

Lynn Davis is currently employed at department of treasury as a Management Program Analyst. Her future goals include completing a full marathon (26.2 miles) and doing international missionary work. She credits her success with setting goals and striving to achieve them. Lynn Davis is leading by example and making a difference in the fight against cancer.

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