It began when the local Halifax Mooseheads hockey team paid a visit to the IWK children’s hospital. Paul MacMillan saw the good the Mooseheads were doing by providing some extra joy in the lives of the kids fighting cancer and wanted to do his part.
Paul came across one little boy, Ryan, who had just begun his battle against acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and wanted to do something to honour and support him. That’s when Paul joined Team In Training and “Ryan’s Super Hero Fight Against Leukemia!” Paul decided to run a marathon and raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada in honour of Ryan through TNT. But paul didn't stop there.
Paul continued to complete events with TNT and became one of Atlantic Canada’s most active and supportive coaches. While coaching in the summer of 2016 Paul decided to join his teammates that were heading to Las Vegas to run the half marathon. With the help of his team in Atlantic Canada he was quickly able to raise more than the required amount and get registered before the deadline.
“The great thing about the Las Vegas Marathon is that you run at night! With a start time around sunset the Strip starts to light up making for an incredible experience. This is one of the very few times that the Strip is closed to traffic and the only opportunity to run it in its entirety unobstructed by traffic. I absolutely loved this event and plan on returning to run it again.
Las Vegas is known for going BIG and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon is no exception and when you add the perks, support and added energy of being part of Team In Training it truly becomes an event that everyone should get to experience – at least once. When I go back I will do the 5k run again, as it is a lot of fun and a great chance to meet lots of TNTers. You have the whole day to rest your legs in the comfort of your hotel room before you head out for your main event the following day – besides you’re in Vegas so - GO BIG!”
Paul has now completed 7 events with Team In Training and continues to coach other participants between (and during) his own events and now raised over $15,000 for the LLSC. And after about 3 years, Ryan has completed his treatments and is in full remission.