Crye-Leike Agent Becky Meagher Is Going the Extra Distance for Leukemia Society

Nashville, Tenn. – One of Crye-Leike, Realtors’ top producing sales associates is attempting to achieve even greater heights than her real estate sales performance. Becky Meagher, who is ranked as Crye-Leike’s 27th top producer in Nashville, out of 800, and No. 3 in Crye-Leike’s Green Hills office, is conditioning herself to compete in the Tri-America Triathlon as a fundraiser to fight leukemia.

Not being a competitive athlete, her mission is no easy feat for a 53-year-old who will compete by swimming 1 mile, biking 25 miles and then, running 6.2 miles.

In order to be eligible to compete in this triathlon, Meagher must raise $3,500 to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society find cures for deadly blood cancers like leukemia, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma. She has less than one month before the big event, September 28, 2003 in Orlando, Florida, and Meagher is still shy $ 950 of meeting her goal. She must reach that fund-raising goal in order to remain eligible to compete.

Meagher says that she will have the picture of her “patient hero”, Mark Curry, attached to her bicycle during the triathlon. Curry is currently battling leukemia and is undergoing chemotherapy. “As the miles get longer and longer, I can look down at his photo and think of Mark whose battle does not guarantee an end,” she says.

“This disease gets closer and closer to my heart as I get closer to this event,” says Meagher. Not only is she running in honor of Mark, a dear friend’s brother fighting this disease, but she also recently learned that her teammate’s boyfriend just died of lymphoma at the age of 56.

To participate in this triathlon, Meagher signed up with the Tennessee Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program (teamintraining.org/tn), the world’s largest endurance sports training program.

Team in Training provides, free of charge, a professional trainer for three months prior to the event to prepare the team members for the triathlon. In exchange for providing the training and support, Meagher as well as all team participants, each must raise the required funds to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Her trainer is Keith Putnam, director of the Wellness Center at the Tennessee Christian Hospital in Madison, who also is a triathlete. He meets with his team of eight regularly at the Cook’s Recreational Park in Hermitage because it offers the perfect setting for conditioning where all the sporting events are represented in this one location. Percy Priest Lake provides the open water for training and bike and running trails are available.

While selling real estate takes up a majority of her time, Meagher has always made some form of athletics a part of her weekly exercise regime. She started running in college, then took up roller blading because of an injury later in life. She got bored with that and then tried bicycling.

She has participated in half a marathon and always thought about doing a triathlon, but would discount the idea knowing how much time commitment it took to condition. “But now that I’m over 50, I said to myself, why wait, and decided to go for it,” she says. “I learned about Team in Training and felt it was a perfect match for me in receiving the proper training to compete as well as supporting a good cause.”

“My competitive spirit wants me to finish in good time,” says Meagher. “I’m not fast, but I’m steady. The most important motivator for me is that my efforts are raising money to fight leukemia.”

To sponsor or donate toward Becky Meagher’s triathlon for leukemia, please contact her at Crye-Leike’s Green Hills branch office at 615/383-2050, or send your donations to Becky Meagher in care of Crye-Leike, Realtors, 3815 Cleghorn Avenue, Nashville, Tenn. 37245. Checks are made payable to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 26 years, has 20 branch and franchise offices in 10 counties throughout a two-state Mid-South region: TENNESSEE (Middle Tennessee) – Davidson, Grundy, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties; and KENTUCKY – Warren County. Sales associates in the Greater Nashville area currently total over 800.