Crye-Leike Associate Nick Nicholson Goes the Distance for Leukemia Society

BRENTWOOD, Tenn.- Nick Nicholson, a recent addition to the Brentwood – West branch office of Crye-Leike, is training to participate in the Memphis in May Triathlon as a fundraiser to fight leukemia. Nicholson made the commitment in January to be an active part of the Team in Training program, preparing him for the Olympic distance marathon, taking place on May 21, 2006.

 

A competitive runner, Nicholson has completed two marathons and one ultra marathon, in addition to participating in three smaller “sprint” triathlons, but this will be his first Olympic distance marathon. His goal is to finish the 0.9-mile swim; 24-mile bike ride and the 10k run in under two and a half hours.

 

In order to participate, athletes must set a fundraising goal based on the location of the event they will attend. Nicholson’s goal of $2,500 is close to 90% complete, with over a month left until the event. The money raised by participants, such as Nicholson, goes towards efforts to find cures for deadly blood cancers, public education and patient aid programs, according to the Team in Training Web site.

 

Each member of Nicholson’s team is participating in honor of a child or adult from his or her community. “When you see the people leukemia affects, like Katie, or when donors remember their loved ones, it truly makes the effort worthwhile,” says Nicholson.  The “patient hero” he will honor is Katie Mitchell, of Brentwood. Katie is 13 years old and in active treatment for leukemia. In addition to Katie’s, Nicholson will wear the names of those who have been affected by this disease on his jersey throughout the competition.

 

Team in Training is the world’s largest endurance sports training program. It provides, free of charge, personalized and professional training for all fitness abilities for up to five months to prepare team members for marathons, century bike rides and triathlons. In return for training and travel, participants raise valuable funds to fight leukemia and related cancers.

 

The importance of donating and participating is not lost on Nicholson. “Twenty-five years ago, only 5% of children diagnosed with leukemia survived,” he says. “Today, 80% of children with leukemia and 85% of those with Hodgkin’s disease will live thanks to the research funded by people involved in projects like Team in Training.”

 

To sponsor or donate toward Nick Nicholson’s triathlon for leukemia, please contact him at Crye-Leike’s Brentwood – West branch office at 615-373-2044, or send your donations to Nick Nicholson in care of Crye-Leike, Realtors; 5111 Maryland Way, Brentwood, Tenn. 37027. Donations may also be made directly to his Web site at www.active.com/donate/tnttn/tnttnNNichol. Checks are made payable to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

 

Crye-Leike? (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 29 years, is the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest in the Mid-South.  It has a network of over 3,000 sales associates and 95 corporate and franchise offices located in 53 counties throughout a seven-state southern region in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi.  In 2005, the Crye-Leike organization attained sales of $5.6 billion with 34,039 closed transaction sides.