Child leukemia survivor, advocate
Georgia Cleland, now 28, is the little girl who helped spawn an entire running for charity movement – Team in Training – the largest of its kind in the world. Cleland was a leukemia patient at age 2, with a chance of survival at just 55 percent. Her father, Bruce, founded the organization in her honor 23 years ago. As the inspiration for more than half million people who’ve trained with Team In Training over 23 years, Georgia is more than an Honored Teammate, as the charity’s poster children are called. She’s the catalyst for more than $1.2 billion of research and services for people with blood cancers.
For 15 years the race has benefitted The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and attracted tens of thousands of Team In Training runners. At $171 million raised over 15 years, the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon has contributed the most among marathons. Thanks to her father Bruce Cleland's imagination, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training has had a remarkable influence on the world of marathon running and on blood cancer research.