On October 12, 2016, the world lost a skateboarding legend: 28-year-old Dylan Rieder who battled leukemia for over two years. He left behind a huge legacy in a short period of time, turning pro at age 18 with his breakout part in Transworld Skateboarding’s 2006 video A Time To Shine. He was recognized as The Skateboard Mag's “Am of the Year” in 2006 and was featured in Supreme's 2014 video "Cherry," for which he won Transworld Skateboarding's award for Best Part in 2015. In addition, Dylan had a budding career in the fashion and retail space, which included a feature in the 2014 Spring ad campaign of DKNY and an appearance in a Vogue fashion photo spread of designer Alexander Wang.
Dylan was adored and admired by many, but there are no words to describe how much he was loved by his mother, Dana Ortiz. Dana and Dylan were very close, and she was his caregiver when he became ill. She had dreams of one day running the Boston Marathon and had begun training when Dylan was diagnosed. He had always encouraged her to follow her dreams and wanted her to train as much as she needed to even while he was battling leukemia. Dana focused on helping Dylan and continued to be by his side until the end.
For the past several months, Dana has been training with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s leading sports endurance training for charity program, Team In Training, and on June 3, 2018, she’ll take on the San Diego Rock & Roll Marathon in hopes to qualify for Boston in honor of Dylan.
“I am finally ready to run that marathon Dylan and I had always talked about,” said Dana. “Dylan was a huge support to me in my marathon training while he was still in good health and he knew I wanted to run Boston, so I’m giving this race my all – for Dylan.”
Dana has already surpassed her fundraising goal of $10,000, raising an astonishing $30,000 and counting.
Team In Training is the world’s largest and most successful endurance sports fundraising and training program. Since its inception in 1988, when a team of 38 runners trained together for the New York City Marathon and raised $320,000, Team In Training has raised more than $1.5 billion, trained more than 650,000 people and helped LLS invest more than $1.2 billion in research to advance breakthrough cancer treatments that are saving lives today.
Summer is around the corner and BBQs go hand in hand with summertime. It can be helpful for cancer survivors and those wanting to prevent cancer to brush up on healthy grilling practices. So before you fire up the grill, here are some tips on creating a healthy BBQ.
1. Choose healthy proteins.
Skip the hamburgers, hot dogs and red meats since red and processed meats might increase cancer risk. Instead, choose healthier proteins such as:
These options are lower in fat and can help you maintain a healthy body weight. If you must keep hamburgers and hot dogs on the menu, choose low-fat and preservative-free meats.
2. Be aware of HOW you are cooking meat.
Cooking meats at a high temperature (such as grilling) can possibly lead to HCA and PAH formation. Marinating meat or microwaving for two minutes before grilling can cut down on the formation of carcinogenic compounds. Be sure to also trim any fat and avoid charring or burning meat.
3. Make room for more fruits & veggies.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to add more fruits and veggies to any plate, but did you know that grilling intensifies the flavors, too? You can marinate and grill fruits and veggies whole, slice in long strips or make kebabs with skewers. It is best to cook over medium heat. You can cook veggies like asparagus, onions, mushrooms, zucchini and eggplant directly on the grill grate or in a grill basket. Place fruits on the outer edges of the grill grate for indirect heat cooking. Examples of fruits that are fabulous when grilled include apples, mango, melon, pineapple and peaches. Like veggies, fruits need to be marinated or brushed with olive oil before cooking to keep them from sticking.
4. Have fun!
Barbecuing is a perfect way to socialize, relax and spend quality time with family and friends. Lowering stress levels is key to overall health, so have fun and laugh lots!
5. Don’t hesitate to complement your grilled meal with a delicious summer salad.
A triple threat collaboration among The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), New York Community Bank (NYCB) and WWE surprised Long Island cancer survivor, Luke Lang, with a meet and greet from WWE Superstars Roman ReignsTM, Bobby LashleyTM and Dolph ZigglerTM as NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum hosted WWE Monday Night RAW.
As a longstanding partner with LLS, the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting blood cancer, New York Community Bank initiated a Random Act of Light by reaching out to their partners at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum after hearing about Luke’s tough battle with leukemia and love for wrestling. Random Acts of Light supports LLS’s powerful and unique fundraising campaign, Light The Night, and helps bring moments of light to people suffering from blood cancers who are feeling overwhelmed in the darkness that can come with a cancer diagnosis.
Luke Lang, 10, of North Bellmore, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in March 2013, and after three years undergoing chemotherapy he is in remission.
Luke was all smiles meeting Bobby Lashley and Dolph Ziggler. But for his personal favorite, Roman Reigns he could not contain his excitement and mess around a bit. Luke is one brave fighter with an attitude that is simple, losing is not an option. “This experience makes me truly believe that there is hope beyond words and that you never fight alone,” Rich Lang, Luke’s father, says.
“When someone you love hears the words, ‘You have cancer’ it’s one of the darkest moments of your life,” said Sara Lipsky, Executive Director, LLS Long Island Chapter. “We were thrilled to be able to partner with New York Community Bank and the WWE to bring some light to Luke, and we’re so grateful for their generosity.”
LLS launched the Random Acts of Light initiative in 2016 and, to date, more than 40 patients and survivors across the country have been surprised with special moments, including some with favorite athletes and celebrities. This gift of an exclusive one-on-one meet and greet with WWE Superstars and tickets to Monday Night Raw is the perfect addition to this movement to shine the spotlight on the urgent need to fund research to advance new and better cancer treatments and cures, to assist patients in accessing treatment, and to create awareness for the impact of LLS in the cancer arena.
Since it began in 1999, Light The Night has helped LLS invest more than $1.2 billion in research to advance lifesaving treatments and cures for blood cancers. This fall, 140 Light The Night Walks will take place across North America; approximately one million walk participants carry illuminated lanterns – white in honor of survivors and the power of research, red in support of patients and finding cures, and gold in remembrance of those who have been lost.