This month, Christopher Trent and his family are staying in one of our homes while he competes in the Ironman World Championships in Kona as a national representative for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The Ironman World Championship in Kona is a big deal. In this long-distance triathlon, athletes from around the world swim 2.4 miles in open water, cycle for 112 miles, and finally run a marathon (26.2 miles)! The World Championship in Kona attracts competitors from around the world – who must qualify in a previous competition to get a coveted spot in the race.

Having a guest competing at Ironman Kona is extraordinary, but what is truly inspiring about Chris’s story is that he is running for a cause. In 2002, his 8-year-old daughter, Monica, was suddenly diagnosed with leukemia. As a little girl, she endured 26 months of chemotherapy, including needles, biopsies, and spinal taps.

Hear Chris’ Story in this Video

The Trent family owes Monica’s good outcome to advances in medical research. Which is why their passion is raising funds and awareness to support further advances in cancer research so that other families can have good outcomes too. Since 2002, the whole family has competed in numerous marathons, triathlons, and century bike races. Through many events over the years, Team Trent has raised more than $150,000 for research programs at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

This year, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society selected Chris Trent as their National Representative at the Ironman World Championship in Kona. Team Trent’s goal is to raise $100,000 at this event to fund live-saving research. They have already raised $75,000 this year.

Please consider donating to support Chris, Team Trent, and cancer research.

You can learn more and make a donation at the Team Trent website.