Ashtyn Zinn - TnT Runner for Cleveland Half Marathon

Hi there! I'm Ashtyn Zinn, a 2nd year Ph.D student at the University of Toledo. I'm currently working on cellular pathways involved in a process called hematopoesis (the development of blood cells). When this process goes awry, problems such as leukemia and lymphoma may arise. I'm hoping that one day my research will help in finding better targets to treat patients with leukemias and lymphomas, since treatments now are sometimes not so reliable and extremely invasive (like chemotherapy).
That being said, a professor that I met when I first started my Ph.D. told me that in order to be a good scientist, you must be heavily invested in your research. In other words, you have to truly believe what you're doing is worthwhile and you have to make a personal connection with it. For me, I have a strong personal connection to leukemias and lymphomas because I've seen numerous family members and friends be diagnosed, and sometimes pass on, due to these cancers. For that reason alone, I believe what I'm doing is a good thing.
In order to become more personally involved, aside from my research, in the fight against leukemias and lymphomas I have decided to join the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's TNT (an endurance sport training program that also raises money and awareness). The LLS is a great foundation, in my opinion, because they not only support academic research (like mine) but they also provide support to patients and their family members that are suffering from leukemias and lymphomas.
In joining TNT, I have committed to run the Cleveland Half Marathon, which isn't anything new for me, but I have committed to running it in 1 hour and 50 minutes, which is going to be a HUGE challenge. If I achieve this goal, I will be running each mile, out of 13.1, in 1 minute less than my personal record, as of today. It may not seem like much, but trust me, its a lot. Through TNT I will receive expert training and coaching so that I can reach this goal. I will also be raising awareness for leukemias and lymphomas, as well as the LLS, throughout my training.
What I'm asking from you is a donation. My goal is to raise $1,350 before I run the race in May of next year. This money will go towards research grants and aiding the patients and families. Anything would help (even $1, seriously.... $1350 is a long way off) and would be greatly appreciated it.

To donate to my race and the Leukemia and Lymphoma society, please go to:

If you have any questions about the LLS, my race, or anything else, feel free to email me! Thanks for reading.