Maureen Colburn to be JTI Executive Director

JUST TRYAN IT is thrilled to announce the selection of Maureen Colburn as our new Executive Director. Maureen brings with her a wealth of strategic planning, communication and organizational development experience from the non-profit and public education sectors. She joins us from the Chavez Schools where she served as Director of Talent. Prior to

2019-08-10T06:55:32-07:00August 8th, 2019|

Volunteer Spotlight: Jackie Lago

Jackie’s family is committed to raising money and awareness for childhood cancer. Currently, they have sponsored a mile in Tattoo Tom's (from Stillbrave Foundation) upcoming Bigfoot IV race in Washington state. Each mile (205 total miles) is sponsored by a person or family that commits to raising $1,000 for a mile dedicated in honor

2019-08-06T14:04:52-07:00August 6th, 2019|

Whitaker Update!

Whitaker was the Face of the Race at our 2018 Alexandria, VA kids triathlon. We are delighted to share with you this update from his family. You can read Whitaker's full story here. Join Whitaker and family at our September 15, 2019 race at Episcopal High School. In the last year, Whitaker has been

2019-08-06T11:47:51-07:00August 6th, 2019|

JTI Holds 10th Annual Race in Bethesda Sunday, June 16, 2019

(Bethesda, MD, Friday, April 26, 2019) - Bethesda-resident Ryan Darby was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December of 2009. During treatment, it was tough, his body took a toll. He got headaches, pain in his knees and pain in his back. During that time, he received so much love and support from family

2019-05-01T20:55:31-07:00May 1st, 2019|

Team Nicholas is back!

Zachary and Alexander Spinnell will once again be competing in the JUST TRYAN IT Kids Triathlon for their 9th and 3rd time respectively. The Spinnells are honoring the memory of their brother, Nicholas, who bravely fought Rhabdomysarcoma but passed away from non-cancer related medical challenges in 2014 just shy of his 8th birthday. While Zachary

2019-03-18T13:40:52-07:00March 15th, 2019|

Isaiah! Meet our Face of the Race in Alexandria

Isaiah was a happy and healthy baby boy—playing, crawling, walking, eating, talking, laughing—until at 9 months of age when he was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, a rare cancerous tumor in the liver that occurs primarily in children. Isaiah had 4 rounds of chemotherapy followed by surgery to remove the tumor. Isaiah went into cardiac arrest

2019-03-04T21:11:48-07:00March 4th, 2019|

Gifts for Isaiah

As part of our Hope for the Holidays campaign, Baltimore and Bethesda racers led by First Aid Captain Elyse Michelson rallied their community to support Isaiah, a local Baltimore child battling cancer and the complications from treatment. Through a community boot camp, Lularoe, a local school, and company holiday parties, they were able to

2019-02-21T14:36:35-07:00February 19th, 2019|

Colin is set for 2nd bone marrow transplant this month.

Colin is an adorable 2-year-old little boy who was diagnosed with infantile leukemia at 3 weeks old. He immediately began treatment that included chemotherapy, stem cell therapy, and a bone marrow transplant. Due to another relapse, Colin will have a second bone marrow transplant in December 2018. Colin's family have consistently found ways to

2018-11-29T07:46:21-07:00December 10th, 2018|

We can make this year special for Gabby and her family

Gabriella “Gabby”, age two, is the youngest of 12 children. Gabby was born with down syndrome and earlier this year, was diagnosed with leukemia. Gabriella’s mother needed to quit working entirely in order to be there for her daughter, while dad does his best to maintain his full-time schedule. Gabby has spent the majority

2018-11-29T07:21:51-07:00November 6th, 2018|

Help Dominic and his siblings celebrate the holidays this year

Dominic (in red shirt) is an adorable 3-year-old little boy who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2017. Sadly, his treatment has been met with several complications. Dominic lives with his parents and three siblings in Virginia. His mother has stopped working entirely, while his father has needed to take time away from his job

2018-11-06T15:46:20-07:00November 6th, 2018|

Tim Mooney joins JUST TRYAN IT as Development Director

Tim Mooney Joins JUST TRYAN IT as Director of Development to change the world for families battling childhood cancer (Monday, October 15, 2018, Bethesda, MD)  JUST TRYAN IT is proud to announce the hiring of Timothy J. Mooney as director of development. Mooney is the former director of philanthropy of Ronald McDonald House Charities of

2018-10-30T16:54:50-07:00October 29th, 2018|

Meet Our 2019 Race Directors

This amazing group of individuals is leading our 2019 races in 4 different states. We are so excited to work with them and watch the magic they create in their communities. Karen Cox, Chapel Hill Karen Cox’s background is in Human Resources and Executive Recruiting. Karen has

2018-10-30T16:54:50-07:00October 1st, 2018|

Landon Students Attend Biden Cancer Town Hall

On September 21, 2018, 4 Landon high school students attended the Biden Cancer Initiative's culminating event in downtown Washington, DC. Armen S, Vernon H, Jonathan C, and Johnny M learned about the variety of approaches to cancer care research throughout the country from panels of experts. Thanks to these gentlemen for participating. We are

2018-11-04T14:30:51-07:00September 21st, 2018|

Ken Caputo Awards, Alexandria

Winner: Pierson Gammage At each race we give an award to a race day volunteer that spreads enthusiasm, happiness, and a touch of goofiness to our event. Run Course Captain Deb Povinelli wrote, “Pierson was just before the shortcourse turn around and never stopped jumping, ringing the cowbell, and high-fiving every

2018-10-30T16:54:50-07:00September 20th, 2018|

Racer Spotlight – Nevie!

Nevie is a rising second grader at Burgundy Farm Country Day School. She learned about JUST TRYAN IT last year from some of her classmates and loved participating in the 2017 triathlon. Her mom, Betsy, is a childhood cancer survivor so Nevie knows how important it is to raise funds for this important cause.

2018-10-30T16:54:50-07:00August 16th, 2018|

Ryan Darby Celebrates 5 Year Cancerversary

On February 23, 2018, Ryan Darby, the inspiration behind JUST TRYAN IT celebrated 5 years since his treatment for leukemia ended. Ryan, and his mother, Mollie Darby were interviewed on Good Morning, Washington that morning. In case you missed it, check out the segment here.

2018-10-30T16:54:50-07:00February 27th, 2018|

1000 Pounds of Candy Delivered!

Thanks to all the neighborhoods, schools, and businesses that helped us collect candy this year. A special shout out to these candy captains: Kelley Keats, Allison Farnworth, Jeanne Dombcik, Wendy Albano, Kristen Pavlicek, Margarita Escaler, Maripat Metcalf, Lauren Hostetler, Grace Bell, Kate Newman. And, thank you to these schools and businesses: Duke School Faculty

2018-10-31T18:44:06-07:00November 28th, 2017|