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On June 4, Brazil native Angela Otte and other runners will run this route during the 2006 Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in San Diego, Calif. The marathon is a 26.2 mile race that should be completed in 7 hours. This map is for the route that was used for the 2005 marathon, a few new twists have been added for the 2006 marathon.

Who says a hero has to be someone who is older than you? Who says a hero has to be someone who has everything you want or hope for?

Sometimes a hero is a person whose experiences serve as an inspiration. In this case, the inspiration is the will of one little girl to survive through all stages of a battle against a disease.

A 14-year-old girl named Caitlin is the hero for Brazil native Angela Otte and a group of runners with the Southern Ohio chapter of Team In Training.

Caitlin, of Dayton, Ohio, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia in August 2000. After more than two years of chemotherapy and another three years of monthly blood work, Caitlin was finally declared as 99 percent cured in October 2005.

According to the Web site, "Team In Training is the world's largest, endurance sports training program. It provides personalized coaching, group training, clinics on nutrition, safety, equipment and more-- "

Angela Otte is the 25-year-old daughter of Gary and Tonya Otte and granddaughter of Larry and Betty Thompson, all Clay County residents.

Angela is a 1998 graduate of Northview High School. She received her Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Indiana State University in 2002. She will graduate this May with her master's degree from the University of Dayton where she is a full-time Technical Support Specialist.

Angela was introduced to Team In Training by a friend last November.

"I went to the meeting but did not anticipate getting involved. Running was never something I was very interested in-- " Angela said.

Angela was inspired by the chapter's fundraising efforts and dedication.

"After sitting (in the meeting) listening to these wonderful people talk about their experiences, I decided this was something I needed to do."

She decided that she would participate in a marathon on June 4, something she has never done before. It is the 26.2 mile Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in San Diego, Calif., a place she has never been before.

"My hero, Caitlin, was only 9 years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia. She had to give up the things I took for granted in my childhood such as dancing and swimming lessons, friends and just being a kid.

"I have been very blessed in my life and I want to do something to give back. It could have just as easily been me and I am thankful for the opportunity to have such a healthy and happy life."

Angela is preparing for the marathon. She does not anticipate winning, but she does plan to finish the race in the time allotted, which is seven hours for the 26.2 miles.

To have Team In Training assist a runner in preparing for a marathon, the runner must pledge money and raise it for donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society before the race begins. Angela pledged to raise $3,600.

Money raised from Team In Training will help fund research, patient care and education of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

"Not only do I get to fulfill a personal goal by completing a 26.2 mile race, but I also get to help make life better for those who might miss what I was so fortunate to have experienced," she said.

If you are interested in helping Angela reach her goal, make a check payable to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and mail to: Angela Otte, 257 Monteray Ave., Dayton, OH 45419. All donations, no matter how large or how small will be appreciated.

If donors would rather make an online donation, visit

www.active.com/donate/tntsoh/angelaotte, for credit or debit card donations. Angela's progress can be tracked at the Web site.

For more information or questions for Angela, e-mail her at

Angela.Otte@notes.udayton.edu.

More information about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society can be found at

www.leukemia-lymphoma.org.



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