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Team FD Raises Big Money for the Marathon in the Big Apple

First Descents' fundraising force is set to raise more than $100,000

Denver, CO— Team FD, the fundraising force of non-profit First Descents is set for a major presence at the ING New York City Marathon on November 6, 2011. With more than 20 runners raising at least $5,000 each, Team FD is set to more than $100,000 for First Descents, a non-profit providing adventure therapy for young adults (ages 18-39) fighting and surviving cancer.

Team FD will be represented in NYC by first-time marathon runners and several First Descents participants and cancer survivors and fighters, in addition to seasoned marathon veterans.

“Our team at the NYC Marathon has set a huge goal and it’s been so inspiring to watch them reach it,” says Director of Development, Lisa Goldstein. “Their fundraising efforts will fund several week-long programs for young adults battling cancer. Their hard work is an example of how First Descents has been able to expand exponentially over the last 10 years.”

First Descents Founder Brad Ludden is also running in the NYC Marathon and will follow up with a media tour on Nov. 8th and 9th. NYC-based media interested in meeting with Brad can contact Amy at for an appointment.

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.