Moms in training supports individuals and families in the Charlotte community affected by cancer. Please read the stories of our 2017 season Honored Heroes below to learn more about our mission.
Levi Vetter: From mom Julie Vetter
My son, Levi was diagnosed in August 2015 at age 3½ with Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a type of cancer in which bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell). Childhood ALL treatment for boys is roughly 3½ years of chemotherapy which is administered into a port placed into his chest, orally, or through his spine with a procedure called lumbar puncture. After 10 months of intense chemotherapy, Levi has entered a phase of treatment called Maintenance where he’s able to return back to daycare and live a somewhat “normal” life. He will continue to receive chemo daily until October 2018.
Shortly after Levi’s diagnosis, I felt alone and started searching for ways to meet other women impacted by cancer. My search led me to join MIT where I met other moms just as passionate about raising funds for a cure. In addition, we got to work out together which I considered icing on the cake! Together, over 150 Moms raised $120,000 our first season! While we are very proud of our inaugural season, just like Levi we cannot give up. We will continue to raise awareness and funds until there’s a cure!
-Julie Vetter, Moms In Training participant.
Coach Adam Flitton
Adam Flitton coached Moms in Training at the JCC during its inaugural season and was diagnosed with Germ Cell Cancer in August 2016. He is currently undergoing treatment.
While I'm honored to be one of this Spring's hero, what I'm learning on this journey to beat my cancer is that I've been living amongst heroes this whole time! I have been supported by such a willing community since my diagnosis, and I've been very blessed to not have severe adverse reactions to my chemotherapy. But I realize that most are not so fortunate. And knowing that they still manage to carry on to take care of their families and to be great mothers AND to undergo some of the training that this program provides is truly so inspiring! I am trying to battle through this experience to the fullest, so that I can build a testimony from this truly testing time in my life because ultimately, I want to motivate, inspire, and support others that will face similar struggles, just as Moms In Training has always inspired me. I am truly thankful for all that you ladies and mothers do, and to be able to walk (or run!) alongside you, as the true heroes you are!
-MIT Coach Adam Flitton