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Ashburn Blog: Race in the ‘Tri For Love’ Sept. 24

Boy Scout Troop 761 recently collected items for people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Courtesy Photo
When Ashburn resident Taylor Love was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma cancer in 2006 at the age of 18 months, the community rallied to support the Love family through a very emotional and difficult journey.

Now, 11 years later, after a bone marrow transplant and multiple other treatments for her two types of cancer, Taylor is thriving in 7th grade.

As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, the owners of Tri Performance each year organize a triathlon to support Taylor's medical expenses. This year's race will be held Sept. 24 at 7 a.m. at the Herndon Community Center in Herndon.

“Tri for Love” includes a 400-yard swim in the Herndon Community Center pool, a 15.4 mile bike ride on the W&OD trail, and a 5K run on the W&OD trail.

Taylor's mom, Aimee, encourages people to come out and participate in this event as it is geared to all levels of athletes.

“We have about 150 participants each year ranging from beginners to advanced athletes,” Love said.

For more information or to register, visit tri4love.shutterfly.com.

Troop 761 launches hurricane relief effort

Ashburn Boy Scout Troop 761 organized “Project Starfish” last week to help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Thanks to the support and contributions made by local residents, the scouts were able to collect much needed donations of clothing, blankets, shoes, water bottles and more to help those in need.

Troop members collected, sorted, and transported over 100 large bags to the Salvation Army in Ashburn. The donations will be disseminated through the National Salvation Army and Red Cross networks.

Troop Chairman Crash Konwin said these helpful actions reflect the scout slogan "Do A Good Turn Daily". Troop 761 Scouts are thankful to the generous residents of the community and the local Salvation Army and Red Cross representatives for helping them learn the process of how best to help in the midst of weather related disasters and other crises.

David Sears, who has spent most of his life working and volunteering for the Salvation Army, said "keep the Faith. This nation was built upon people who had great visions but who were also pragmatists."

Sears and his Salvation Army volunteers helped the scouts load up one bin after another this weekend.

"Kids are listening. They understand the importance of people coming together in times of need,” Sears added.

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