Champion Triathletes McRae and Stensland Lead Non-Profit ITP Team

March 18, 2004 (PRLEAP.COM) Sports News
2002 USPRO Road Race Cycling Champion and Pro Ironman triathlete Chann McRae and international Triathlon champion and U.S. Olympic hopeful, Jessi Stensland will be leading the recently formed "ITP Team," a project of the non-profit ITP Foundation aimed at raising awareness of and funding for ITP, a serious bleeding disorder.
Both McRae, who has been competing in triathlons professionally since 1988, and Stensland, who ran her first triathlon in 1997, are on the Board of Directors of the ITP Foundation.
The two world class athletes are dedicating their time and talents to building up the ITP Team because of their commitment to fighting ITP (Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura, sometimes called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). This bleeding disorder destroys a person's platelets, thereby inhibiting blood clotting and causing severe bruising. In some cases, this can lead to intracranial bleeding, which can be fatal.
"People with ITP have to be very careful about participating in sports, because of the bruising and possible internal bleeding," explains McRae. "Sports are a huge part of my life, so that really hits home with me that kids with ITP can't do a lot of the things that I enjoy."
McRae and Stensland will be encouraging other triathletes of all levels to join them on the ITP Team. Members of this Team seek sponsors for their races who will agree to donate money to the ITP Foundation. These donations help the Foundation in its mission to spread information about ITP, provide financial assistance to the families of children with ITP and fund important medical research into improved care and an eventual cure.
"By becoming a part of the ITP Team," says Stensland, "you are helping to make a big difference in the lives of children with ITP. Plus, knowing that what you are doing is helping others may give you that little extra push you need to do that much better, finish that much faster."
McRae and Stensland stress that athletes of every level are eligible to join in the ITP Team's efforts. "We welcome everyone that wants to help," say Stensland and McRae.
Those interested in joining the ITP Team can find more information at www.itpfoundation.org, or may ask questions by emailing itpteam@itpfoundation.org or calling (203) 655-6954. More information about Chann McRae and Jessi Stensland can be found at www.channmcrae.com and www.jessistensland.com.

About the ITP Foundation
The ITP Foundation is a Darien, CT based non-profit which was established to raise awareness of ITP. The Foundation helps families with children and adolescents with ITP who need financial assistance to manage and treat the disorder, and funds research to find the cause of and cure for ITP. Information: www.itpfoundation.org.