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June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

It was the fall of 2004 that Team Continuum came suddenly into my life. Paul Nicholls, Team Continuum’s Founder and first President was referred to the travel agency I worked for. As many of us within the agency had been deeply affected by cancer, we soon began to work with Paul on fund raisers and joint projects with our industry suppliers, in heartfelt support of Team Continuum. As one who has always believed in the power of grass-roots efforts and is very hands-on, a true gift of Team Continuum is being able to see the results of donations of funds and/or time. Whether it is helping out at a Team Continuum fund raiser and getting to talk to a cancer patient and family or attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new wing of a hospital being dedicated to Team Continuum, this organization’s mission is clear. Team Continuum knows that cancer patients, their families and care givers need assistance here and now and this support is given in very real ways. This can be through many diverse ways - direct financial assistance to a family overwhelmed by medical bills or giving children fighting cancer the fun of an afternoon at a Broadway musical. And, speaking of children, it is so impressive to me that the annual Team Continuum Holiday Toy Drive donates to hospitals throughout New York City. While facilities in Manhattan tend to receive most of the attention at the holidays, Team Continuum ensures that children in outer borough hospitals receive gifts. Despite losing Founder Paul Nicholls to cancer two years ago, the mission, innovation and creativity of Team Continuum moves into the future under the leadership of Michael Retsina and Letty Simon.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A special Christmas gift for me was the privilege of helping a family of from England in New York while the youngest received treatment. A local hotel responded to my request for assistance and donated a two-bedroom suite with a kitchen for the family to enjoy Christmas. I’ll never forget the reaction of the family when they arrived, hearing Christmas music, seeing the tree and all the surprises we had set up. In a letter thanking Team Continuum, the family said it was their best Christmas ever.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More opportunities to volunteer throughout the year would be welcome. It would be great to have ways other than being on the Marathon Team to participate in Team Continuum’s efforts - through an ongoing project or individual events. I sincerely hope that Team Continuum will be granted the well-deserved recognition on the Top-Rated Health Non-Profit List. Without question, Team Continuum truly makes a difference every single day.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

As I mentioned, having more volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Walking 26.2 miles at one time is not an easy task! Being part of the Team Continuum Marathon team has given this non-athlete proof that you can try something you never thought you would experience and have it change your life. Knowing that the monies raised would help so many people is an incredible bonus. The other specific example of helping to give the visiting family a special Christmas was a deeply moving experience.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

The Marathon experiences - very empowering in a personal sense and pride and gratitude for being able to raise funds to help cancer patients. As one who family has been affected by cancer, this was especially meaningful. And, helping the visiting family at Christmas was a joy and made that Christmas very special - a memory to be treasured.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 25, 2011

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June 25, 2011

I started raising funds for Team Continuum in 2008. I was introduced to this organization by a father whose son had brain cancer. It was extremely moving to hear him tell how much support; both financial and spiritual; they were given by this charity. Team Continuum works to raise funds for cancer victims and their families. It helps them deal with the every day issues they face; they focus on changing the Cancer into CAN.
My role has been to be an athlete for Team Continuum running marathons and raising money for my miles. The tired feet misery ends at 26.2 miles, but then the joy of helping others takes over and is all empowering. I am proud to run for Team Continuum and to help in this small way.

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I have enjoyed the camaraderie of running with other Team Continuum athletes and seeing first hand the dedication of this organization helping others.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see them grow and sponsor many more marathons that I could participate in.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

It would be great if they had a local chapter

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes! Compasssion! And I met great friends that I ran the marathons with. (see attached photo)

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Worthwhile and satisfied! I felt I was making a difference for others.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 24, 2011

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June 24, 2011

I've been a proud member of Team Continuum's ING New York City Marathon Team for 7 consecutive years. In that time I witnessed a group of individuals that tirelessly and passionately dedicated themselves to the sole goal of bettering the lives of people living with cancer. These guys operate Terminator style, the can not and will not be stopped.
-James Murtha

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

7 INC NYC marathons. 2004-2010.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

the only negative I can come up with for this for this team is their popularity. I would like to continue my work with them and be aparty of the team again this year, but so far they can't find room for me.

June 24, 2011

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June 24, 2011

I participate in Team Continuum's triathlon training program to raise funds for those whose lives have been affected by cancer. The team is so passionate about our cause, which I find contagious, and on top of that, it is a fantastic group of people that has quickly made me feel part of a community and a team. I am wildly enjoying my experience!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...making me feel like a part of this community, and not letting me lose sight of why we are doing it.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...make the connection to our mission even more explicit during meetings / practices / uniforms / etc.

June 24, 2011

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June 24, 2011

I was lucky enough to meet and chat to Team Continuum's founder Paul Nicholls. Despite his obvious failing health, his drive and enthusiasm for this charity knew no bounds. As a family we ran both the New York and the London marathons for Team Continuum. We all knew we were running for Paul and all he stood for. This kept us going through this comparatively small endurance test, small in comparison to what Paul and thousands of others were coping with. We were lucky - our pain was temporary. The spirit of Paul lives on in TC and I am proud that we gave something back to help others less fortunate than ourselves. One run was particularly special - we knew Team Continuum were supporting the family of a young boy receiving treatment for a brain tumour. Its at times like that you understand the vital a role TC plays in keeping a family together and supporting them through such a life crisis. In this hard world compassion goes a long way. TC represents compassion - a truly humane charity.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have no direct individual knowledge of TC's activities - only the general understanding of its wonderful activities.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase its presence in the UK. Paul was a native of London and it would be a fitting tribute to him to increase TC's activities in the UK

June 23, 2011

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June 23, 2011

Team Continuum is a compassionate organization founded by a cancer patient. They are dedicated to helping people with cancer, or people affected by cancer in their family, have an improved quality of life.

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For example, they run a writing workshop that I attend for patients, medical professionals and caregivers. It is unique and valuable to put this varied group in a room to address emotional issues related to having cancer and caring for people with cancer through writing. It is one of my lifelines as I learn to deal with the death of my son from a brain tumor.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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June 23, 2011

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June 23, 2011

* I came across this organization accidently for lack of better word while researching marathons i wanted to run. Team Continuum welcomed me as an athlete to join them is raising funds and awareness on the living effects of cancer. \
* I have personally worked with Letty, Joshi, Grant and Coach
John with rainsing funds, developing adds, training, ect.... There focus has always been on improving how to improve the lives of cancer patients while at the same time making it fun for us volunteers to join there caause.
* The strenght of this organization is its leadership personnel, passion for excellence and strong beleif that they are making differences in the lives of those that are on the receiving end of this funds purpose.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

referring someone treating with cancer and saw how this organization quickly came to her aid and was able to assist her with her living expenses while she focused on her cancer treatment.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand into more endurance events and increase marketing for awareness

June 22, 2011

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June 22, 2011

I ran in the Boston Marathon in 2008, as a member of Team Continuum.
It was my 4th marathon but the first one where I raised money for a cause; and it turned out to be my most memorable race. The opportunity to play a very small role in hopefully helping someone effected by cancer was very
gratifying. And, knowing what a great organization that Team Continuum is, added to the experience. They were very supportive through the entire process and as you progressed though it, you felt like you were really part of team. The marathon is typically a very independant activity but having the responsibility to raise money, helped include others, and as a result, you were running for something bigger than yourself. Simply, a great experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

2008, when I ran in the Boston marathon

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not do anything --- they were top-notch

June 22, 2011

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June 22, 2011

while supporting my spouse through NYC and Boston marathons, i observed the Team continuum jersey and wanted to know more about a group with an interesting name. in health care, we often use the word continuum to describe flow of patient care. While looking at their website, i was excited about their focus on the little things we tend to forget about while treating patients, or while focusing on a cure. they were focusing on the present moment of people and families living with cancer.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the only way i would ever want to: by continuing the ripple of giving to others.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue our current course of expanding fundraising to other regions and helping more people.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What would you tell others about this organization?

focus on now and help people live their lives, in their homes. living with cancer being evicted from your home or wondering how bills will be paid is not way to spend precious moments.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 22, 2011

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June 22, 2011

In November 2010, I was allowed to join Team Continuum Inc. as an athlete, with the agreement that I would raise at least $2,500 for this charity, so I could obtain an automatic entry into the ING 2011 NYC Marathon.

My immediate family, friends, and neighbors, have all suffered through
a cancer diagnosis and I couldn't imagine not being there for them. We were all lucky that we and they had family around them to help get them through this difficult period in their life. Unfortunately, there are people who aren't as lucky as others and need love, support, and attention to fight cancer.

One of the many great things about Team Continuum is the support that they give to cancer patients right now when they need it the most. Research is extremely important as well but for someone who is going through this crisis right here and now, Team Continuum is there to support the cancer patients, their families, caregivers, and the local hospitals.

Throught the efforts and support of Team Continuum, the patient can focus on their ability to fight this cancer and not have to worry about food, transportation, accommodations, communications, mortgages and rent as well as many other things they could be stressed about in addition to their cancer fight.

When I told family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers that I was running the ING 2011 NYC Marathon and raising money for Team Continuum, nobody had heard of them. I explained what Team Continuum was and what services they provided. I've lost count on how many people told me what a great deed they were doing and that they wanted to make a donation on my behalf towards Team Continuum. I have a good feeling that raising $2,500 is not going to be a problem.

There is the added benefit of the training that Team Continuum is going to provide all of its athletes in preparing for this years marathon. Team Continuum has some of the best coaches in the area who are providing expert advice on the do's and dont's of marathon training.

I'm excited about the opportunity Team Continuum has provided me. I look forward to raising money for a great organization that is providing a service to people in need of immediate care. I'm glad to know there is someone out there that cancer patients, their families, and hospitals can turn to and count on.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The training Team Continuum has begun to provide me with the twice weekly training sessions for the ING 2011 NYC Marathon in Central Park. Since it's my first marathon, their expert advice on nutrition, diet, sleep, running plans, proper running gear, has been of great importance to me.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Based upon my knowledge, I wouldn't change anything. They provide a tremendous service to people in need. I wish they could help everyone who needs their services but I'm sure it's not possible. Maybe one day.....

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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