Basementeer Spotlight: Bay Area

 Team in Training

Team in Training helps The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fund cutting-edge research & support blood cancer patients and their families. 

While athletes supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) cannot train together physically during this time, they remain united as a team. Team in Training would like to invite everyone to stay connected through our virtual community in TNT Live! via theirinteractive training app, SixCycle. Once registered, you’ll be automatically subscribed to the training calendar that will house the live workouts hosted by their coaches from across the country. These workouts include YouTube live streams, Zwift rides and runs, Zoom workouts, and recorded coach videos. You can access the app here:

Resources for Cancer Patients

The COVID-19 pandemic is unsettling. Cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones may feel particularly vulnerable today. Here are some resources being provided by LLS to help during this time:

LLS COVID-19 Patient Financial AID Program 

Thanks to the generosity of LLS partners, eligible blood cancer patients will receive an individual one-time $250 stipend per patient to help with non-medical expenses. Patients do not need to have a COVID-19 diagnosis and there are no income criteria to qualify.

Coronavirus Resource Hub in English & Spanish 

This page includes helpful blog posts from the LLS’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gwen Nichols,with topics like: important information patients need to know about coronavirus, how to cope with isolation & stress, and adjusting to the new normal


Plus, join the Calming Anxiety & Fear Webcast where they talk about caring for yourself today: fine-tuning self-awareness, seeking control during times of stress and other strategies to navigate the road ahead.

How you can help

  • Share these resources with those who can benefit from them!
  • Consider joining the team for our fall training season leading up to the Golden Gate Half

Marathon & 5k

  • Your support can make a difference. Together with your help, we can have an impact on the lives of blood cancer patients today. While corporate funding is fueling this financial aid program, anyone can help patients during this challenging time. Whatever you can do to help us continue our vital support is appreciated. Donate today.


Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area

Join Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area in sharing Messages of Hope for children whose wishes are waiting. Right now there are more than a thousand wish kids around the world who have had their heart- felt wishes postponed until it’s safe for them to travel or gather. While Make-A-Wish can’t currently grant their wishes, they’re still committed to bringing them hope and joy during a time when they really need it. 

GIF from Make a Wish about how to enter videos.Now more than ever, the world needs the hope of a wish. That’s why Make-A-Wish just launched Messages of Hope, to help lift the spirits of children who will be waiting a little longer on their wishes. Here’s how you can help our Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area chapter and the 40+ local wish kids who have their wishes postponed: 

  • STEP 1: Create a message, video, photo, song, dance—whatever you can imagine— sharing a message of hope. 
  • STEP 2: Post to any social media channel, tag @SFWish (Twitter and Facebook) or @MakeAWishSF (Instagram) and use the hashtag, #WishesAreWaiting. If you like, you can also tag @MakeAWish (@MakeAWishAmerica on Instagram). 
  • STEP 3: Tag and challenge two or more of your friends to join in. Share the Messages of Hope webpage

Other ways to help Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area create life-changing wishes for local children with critical illnesses: 

  • Make a donation 
  • Become a volunteer 
  • Refer a child for a wish 
  • Donate airline miles 

To learn more about Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and more ways to help your local Make-A- Wish chapter, visit

Project Open Hand

Two people helping in a kitchen.Founded in 1985, Project Open Hand’s mission is to improve health outcomes and quality of life by providing nutritious meals to the sick and vulnerable, caring for and educating our community. As an essential services provider and public health partner, POH will continue to be open during this medical crisis and serve the community as the Bay Area implements the “shelter in place” order.

If you are healthy and can volunteer, Project Open Hand needs you! Volunteer shifts are available for online sign-up as needed, as we are prioritizing social distancing and adhering to the recommended guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations.

 If you are able to stretch a little more to support POH financially by donating, it would help through this difficult time.

Girls on the Run Bay Area

Learn more about Girls on the Run Bay Area and how you can continue to support them during the Shelter-in-Place!

Girl wearing a "Girls on the Run" shirt.Girls on the Run of the Bay Area instills the importance of physical health and emotional resilience for thousands of Bay Area girls as well as the families, coaches and communities that support them. To support our participants during this unprecedented time, we've launched YouTube video lessons to help families get active at home. Both our in-person and remote learning lessons help girls get physically active, help engage them in their community, and develop social emotional health. A critical part of our mission is to build interpersonal connections and support networks to lift kids up: now more than ever, this investment in our youth is critical!
Are you inspired by Girls on the Run’s work to build confident, healthy girls in our community? Your support will help ensure that they can continue to provide programming this Spring and for seasons to come! Donate today!

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