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  • BEAT Blood Cancers!

    Written Aug 28, 2012 10:47am

    TEAM BLAKE, friends,

    Please help (see below email from Dr. Jim Klosterman and his sister; Ann's Team In Training website) for a great cause; BEAT all blood cancers. Please pass this on to your circle of influence. Thanks much as always f
    or your support. 


    "Ann, This is great to see and grow every year in memory of our son, Blake LaForce #41, and to beat these cancers. I will pass your efforts/TNT to TEAM BLAKE for support. 
    Thank you from our hearts." 

    Mark & Linda LaForce

    ----- Forwarded Message -----
    From: Jim Klosterman
    To: mlaforce1@yahoo.com; Ann 
    Sent: Monday, August 27, 2012 10:56 PM
    Subject: Team In Training (TNT) time again (still)


    Team In Training (TNT) time still ongoing.

    My sister has joined me this year. I am trying to assist her with her fundraising (tougher than she thought).
    I am going on my own this year and donated the TNT contributions from Blake LaForce #41 Memorial golf outing ($600) to her site to get her kick started.

    In the past, you have helped me by sending out a message to TEAM BLAKE on my behalf.

    This year, I want to try to get her to her goal by asking that TEAM BLAKE assist her.

    Here is ANN's TNT webpage:http://pages.teamintraining.org/soh/Tucson12/annaklosterman

    There are three of us going to Tucson this year (111 miles this time).
    Not sure why they added the 11 miles but what the heck.

  • Third Annual Blake LaForce #41 Memorial Scramble, 6/16/12

    Written Apr 25, 2012 9:45am



    Thank you & God bless

  • LaForce leaves lasting impression on Aviators

    Written Feb 17, 2012 7:28am

    By John Cummings, Contributing Writer 9:50 PM Tuesday, February 7, 2012

    It has been close to 21/2 years since Blake LaForce died from acute lymphoblast leukemia. But the former Vandalia Butler High School football standout is still making an impact in the fight against cancer.

    Early in the winter sports season, LaForce’s father, Mark, addressed the Vandalia wrestling team and the message resonated with 126-pounder Joe Pittman.

    “Blake is still such a big influence at our school,” Pittman said.

    Pittman had been wrestling more than opponents. Because of his long hair and regulations in the sport, he had to stuff his hair under a swim cap before matches and hope it didn’t slip during action.

    “It was a major toll on me,” said Pittman, who sported a hair cut at the Greater Western Ohio Conference tournament last weekend. “I’m glad it’s gone.”

    Pittman donated his hair to Locks of Love. The public non-profit organization provides hairpieces to U.S. and Canadian children under age 21 who suffer from long-term medical hair loss.

    “It was definitely a good feeling knowing that it was going to a greater cause,” said Pittman, who plans to join the U.S. Marine Corps following graduation.

    “This was a way for me to serve my country in some other way.”

    Pittman used a late four-point move to upset returning state qualifier Justin Kihn of Fairmont in the GWOC semifinals, before falling to Sidney’s Cody Davis in the final.

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