Team In Training’s Stephen Brown is a Semi-Finalist for Health Hero Challenge

Conshohocken, PA (September 17, 2012) – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) of Eastern Pennsylvania applauds Team In Training’s (TNT) coach Stephen Brown of Delaware County for being one of the semi-finalists for Be Well Philly Health + Hero Challenge.

In February of 2006, Brown was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Wasting no time, he underwent four rounds of chemotherapy. He maintained his baseline fitness level, often running home from his treatments and quickly reached complete remission. By July of that same year, Brown was back to racing triathlons and a few months later crossed the finish line of his 8th career iron distance triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run). His diagnosis drew him to LLS’ Team In Training program where he signed on as one of the triathlon coaches.

“Becoming involved with TNT has become the perfect partnership. I get to train eager triathletes in a sport that I am very passionate about and in exchange they are raising funds and awareness for blood cancers like mine. It simply does not get any better than that,” said Brown.

The editors of Philadelphia magazine selected 16 semi-finalists from a pool of nearly 500 entries for their first-ever Health Hero Challenge, in search of locals who are making a difference in health and wellness in the community. In the month of September, contestants will face off in an online competition. Each week, the magazine will feature four semi-finalists on Facebook for readers to vote for their favorite contestant. The winner of each round goes on to the finals in October. The winner, decided purely by the fans, will be announced at a celebration in November and will be featured in a future issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Voting for Brown will take place Tuesday, September 25th though Monday, October 1st. People can vote once a day throughout the voting period. To vote, please visit Be Well Philly’s Facebook page (

Brown and his wife MG live in Delaware County, where he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County. He is also involved with LLS’ First Connection program, where he connects with other patients and their family members.

About Team In Training

Team In Training (TNT) is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s sports endurance training program that provides training for ½  marathon, marathon, triathlon, or century (100-mile) bike ride. Team members raise funds to help support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in exchange for certified coaches, training sports education clinics, a personal fundraising website, support from staff and teammates, a fundraising mentor, event fees, and lodging and airfare to more than 60 accredited events in the United States and abroad. The society uses at least 74 cents of every dollar raised for cancer programs, funding research to find cures to leukemia, Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas, and myeloma as well as assistance with the often overwhelming burdens faced by patients and their families currently fighting blood cancers.

As of 2010, TNT has had more than 500,000 volunteer participants raising over $1 billion to support blood cancer research and patient services for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada including the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter. To learn more, visit or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.


Gregory R. Seitter / (610) 238-0360, Ext. 6796 /

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