Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 25, 2013
Come Oct. 12, Austin’s Jerry Aguilar hopes to be speeding his way through the Ironman Triathlon World Championship course in Kona, Hawaii.
That’ll depend if he reaches his fund-raising goal for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Aguilar joined the organization’s Team in Training program in 2010, motivated by his long-term partner’s diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia. He’s trained and competed in a slew of races in the past few years, raising more than $10,000 along the way for the cause.
Team in Training chose him to race in Kona this year, but in order to get there he must raise $50,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by Oct. 5.
"In 2010, I joined Team in Training to honor the fight of someone close to me who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, to provide support and hope for all those suffering from leukemia, and to memorialize those that were lost along the way," Aguilar said in a press release. "Racing at the Ironman World Championship is an incredible opportunity, and one that I am extremely honored to be doing on behalf of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, an organization that is near and dear to my heart."
In its 25 years of existence, Team in Training athletes have raised more than $1.23 billion f0r blood cancer research.
To donate to Aguilar’s campaign, go to http://pages.teamintraining.org/sctx/ironworl13/dairyag03. He’s about halfway to reaching his goal.