“Team In Training.”
In 1988, Bruce Cleland assembled a NYC Marathon team to
raise money in honor of his daughter, a leukemia survivor. 38
runners raised $322,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society's (LLS) work to discover new treatments for blood cancers.
During the next 25 years, LLS's Team In Training (TNT) has
become the leader in endurance sports training for charity, funding
significant therapies like chemotherapy and bone marrow
transplants, which have a significant impact on blood cancer
Today, LLS funds only the most promising advances; targeted
therapies like Gleevec®, Velcade® and Dacogen® take aim at
cancer cells, and destroy them.
Immunotherapies use a patient's own immune system to kill cancer.
And the repurposing of existing drugs for arthritis and antifungals
to fight specific leukemias are breakthroughs that allow
patients to live their best life, today.
TNT and LLS fundraising efforts through marathons, triathlons,
cycling and hiking really are making cures happen.
About Team In Training
Their athletes have walked away with new friends, amazing
accomplishments and the sense that they did something even
more important than getting in good shape.
How serious is blood cancer? Every four minutes, someone new
is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies.
In exchange for training and support, participants help raise money towards cures for blood cancers like leukemia -- the No. 1 disease killer of children -- lymphoma and myeloma.
About the Miracle Lodge at Ironwood
The Miracle Lodge retreat and conference center named itself after seven years of construction, 45,000 volunteer hours of labor, donations from fourteen states, and contributions from 1000 people and businesses. The expression, "If God's in your dream, no request is too extreme", was a poster hanging on our door to keep this dream going forward. Twenty-seven beautiful rooms all fully furnished are now being used and the word is spreading. We say, "Country and Calm, because City and Clutter are Taken." It is home to the National Wheelchair Sports Camp and Operation Welcome Home.
Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch which began as a non-profit in 1976, is on 200 acres in southern Minnesota along the Root River. Ironwood serves over 23,000 people annually. Our purpose is to provide an atmosphere and opportunity for adults and children to get to know themselves, others, and God better.
In short our mission is "Spreading JOY-changing lives".
Our current full time staff consists of Bob Bardwell as founder and current Camp Director, Mary Ann Schultz as Office Manager, Steve Caskey is the Miracle Lodge Manager/Marketing Director, Dan Ostergard as Facilities Manager, Shelly McGulpin as our Housekeeper and Wrangler, B J Stoppelmoor as our Equestrian Manager, and Riding Instructor, Jan Odle as our Food Service Director, Kris Young as our Miracle Lodge Housekeeper, and Jode Bardwell as our Receptionist/Bookkeeper. Dan & Pat Kenow and Pete Goetze are our valued volunteers.
Ironwood's success is largely due to the many volunteers who come and 'Serve from the Heart' . In 2011, a new record was set for volunteers 15,500 hours.
Each room has been sponsored by a generous friend of the ranch.
The Miracles of Mitch Foundation was formed by Steve and Becky Chepokas in memory of their son Mitch. Since his passing in 2003, the MOMF has provided financial and quality-of-life support to the families of children being treated for cancer in Minnesota.
During his treatment at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, the Chepokas family became particularly close to Mitch’s pediatric oncologist, Dr. Joanna Perkins. Knowing first-hand of Mitch’s generous act of compassion toward the other children at the U of M, Dr. Perkins was honored to become one of the founding Board members of the MOMF. She was instrumental in the formation of the foundation’s giving model which connects families in need to the MOMF through hospital social workers. She remains today, now at Children’s Hospital of Minnesota, a key medical advisor to the Board of Directors and staff.
In the early days, the growth of the foundation relied heavily on a small network of people, including Dr. Perkins, the Chepokas family and a number of their close family friends. In the first year when the foundation was still a volunteer-led organization, the success of the Miracle Open Golf Tournament created much of the funding used for the initial grants supporting families in the cancer fight.
Philanthropic Activities and News
Charity Donations by UMAPP
2013 First Quarter
Team in Training: $125.00 (See detail to the left),
2012 First Quarter
Officer Shawn Schneider Fund (fallen Lake City Officer) - $65
(a committee member donated an additional $25 to UMAPP's allocated donation
of $40 - thank you!)
Jack Jablonski Fund (injured local hockey player) - $40
Jenna Privette Fund (injured local hockey player) - $40
2012 Second Quarter
Miracles of Mitch Foundation - $125.00
2012 Third Quarter
Lasting Imprint - $125.00
2012 Fourth Quarter
Ironwood Wheelchair Camp for Kids - $125.00
2013 Wheelchair Camp from Ironwood Springs on Vimeo.