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Team FD Crushes 2011 Fundraising Goal with Final NYC Marathon Event

First Descents’ fundraising force raises more than $100,000 at a single race

Denver, COTeam FD, the fundraising force of non-profit First Descents has yet again broken its fundraising goal for 2011. With a record number of participants at the ING New York City Marathon raising more than $100,000 at the event, Team FD pushed past the $750,000 mark for the year – well beyond their original $300,000 goal.

Twenty Team FD runners took to the NYC streets on November 6, including seasoned runners, first time marathoners, past FD participants, cancer fighters, survivors and family members. Together, the runners raised a total of $113,677 at the NYC Marathon.

“This is the second year Team FD has participated in the NYC Marathon, and this year our team really went above and beyond to raise the fundraising bar. Each runner brought in more than $5,000 each! Altogether the team will send 113 young adults fighting and surviving cancer to a First Descents week-long program,” says First Descents Founder Brad Ludden, who also ran the marathon. “Team FD is a huge part of the reason we’ve totally crushed our fundraising goal this year. This is why First Descents continues to grow even in a down economy.”

Team FD is made up of athletes and cancer survivors at all levels of competition, each sharing the goal of supporting First Descents and the young adult cancer population. Team FD is all about challenge. It’s about each individual picking an activity which represents a challenge to him or her, training for it, setting a fundraising goal and completing that challenge. For more information on joining Team FD click here.

First Descents is a non-profit organization offering young adults with cancer a free week-long outdoor adventure experience designed to enable them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.