Ken Caputo was a volunteer who served in a “catch all” role. Arriving at 6am, he welcomed volunteers, filled in where needed, oversaw the radio communications for the event, and pumped everyone up. He was notorious for his huge smile and even bigger hug. Ken knew race day was all about the kids. He
JUST TRYAN IT hosted its first virtual triathlon on May 3, 2020. Over 320 people participated raising over $55,000 for families fighting cancer at UNC and Duke! This money will be used to pay rent and utilities bills and to provide gas and food vouchers for families with a child in treatment for
Lake Hogan Farms community maintains safe social distance while racing in the virtual triathlon, May 3, 2020! Dear JUST TRYAN IT Community, On Sunday over 320 people from across seven states participated in JUST TRYAN IT's first virtual triathlon. The majority of these racers were from our Chapel Hill, North Carolina race
RACE WITH US IN 2020! Chapel Hill, NC – May 3, 2020 Bethesda, MD – June 21, 2020 Alexandria, VA – September 13, 2020 Pioneer Valley, MA – September 27, 2020 New to JUST TRYAN IT? Watch our original race video. Interested
Dear Friends Four little words, “your child has cancer.” Words that change your life forever. In the ensuing days, medical professionals will tell you about the various tests, drugs, and treatments your child will endure. But no one asks the question, “how will you afford this treatment?” Families will do whatever needs to be
Durham Academy, students in their junior year volunteer and work to raise funds for a charity of their choice. Seniors Benny Klein and Isabella Strauss presented to the underclassmen and inspired them to follow in their footsteps. Thank you to the entire Class of 2020 for their contribution to JTI and for living our
JUST TRYAN IT is all about families helping families. In the past ten years we have had over 5500 racers cross our finish lines and helped over 3100 families. Families like Trent's; Trent was diagnosed at the age of 13 with a rare form of lukemia. He endured years of chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant. In February of this
Our volunteers are so sweet! JTI volunteers drop off lots of candy at the Ronald McDonald House of Durham & Wake, North Carolina.
Do you have more candy in your house than you can eat? Why not give it away! We are collecting candy and delivering it to the families and staff at UNC Children’s hospitals. Brighten someone else’s day with a treat. Now through November 18th. Interested in helping with the collections? Contact Carrie. Current collection
At each race we give an award to a race day volunteer that spread enthusiasm, happiness, and a touch of goofiness to our event. We received a record number of submissions and comments on the incredible volunteer team present at this event. Thank you to all the volunteers and race captains for their role
At each race we give an award to a race day volunteer who spreads enthusiasm, happiness, and a touch of goofiness to our event. Winner: Andrew Hoffman Andrew was a tireless worker all day Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, he was engaged in setting up the course, interacting with families
(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
Nearly one-third of families with children who have cancer struggle to meet basic needs during treatment, forcing them to make unimaginable decisions: do they pay for medication or for food? Do they skip a chemotherapy appointment so that they can pay their mortgage? In 2018, JUST TRYAN IT assisted in removing these barriers, allowing
We are honored to be included in Bethesda Magazine's Best of Bethesda 2018 listing. Grab your copy of the January / February issue on news stands today.
Kyairah is a resilient and determined 8 year old girl who was initially diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age 3. She completed her therapy at age 5, however at age 7, she presented with recurrent metastatic disease. She completed additional therapy this past May but unfortunately, she has relapsed again from therapy. Despite long hospitalizations
This fall, JUST TRYAN IT collected and delivered candy to UNC Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC and Inova Children's in Alexandria, VA. While we can all recognize that candy is not a recipe for health, the staff at the hospital report that the candy generates smiles on faces and serves to temporarily relieve
Our December Random Acts of Kindness Calendar is back. Spread some love and help out this month by following along and finding ways to make others smile. Please keep us posted with how you are doing. We are posting each day of the month on our social media channels and would love to see
Do you have more candy in your house than you can eat? Why not give it away! We are collecting candy and delivering it to the families and staff in the pediatric hematology / oncology clinic at UNC Children’s hospital. Brighten someone else’s day with a treat. Now through November 16th. Interested in helping
In a year long quest to learn about the difference between empathy and sympathy, the Durham Academy 8th grade advisory, led by Randee Haven-O'Donnell met at UNC Children's hospital with doctors, social workers, and members of the child support team including Schall, a therapy dog. Carrie Norry spoke to them about JUST TRYAN IT
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
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.
Join fellow triathletes and all around amazing people in spreading some love and happiness this December. Print out this RAK Calendar and get started! Print
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