|The Sun Shines on Good Deeds|
Published: Friday, 21 September 2012 03:18
Alameda native Ariana Mortazavi poses with the medal she received for completing the recent San Diego Triathlon Classic. Mortazavi is flanked by her parents, Anousheh, left, and Sassan, right.
Alameda native Ariana Mortazavi, 21, completed her first Olympic-distance triathlon at the San Diego Triathlon Classic 2012 on Sept. 8. Mortazavi participated in the race to help raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), an organization that offers resources to patients and survivors of blood cancers.
Mortazavi, a UC Davis student, lost her cousin to leukemia in January. She competed in the triathlon to get through the healing process and to honor her cousin.
Mortazavi trained with LLS's Team in Training team, which consists of several cancer patients and survivors who also competed in the triathlon. The triathlon — 0.9 miles swimming, 24 miles biking and six miles running — started at 6 a.m. in the cold waters of San Diego Bay and ended in Ingram Plaza. Mortazavi raised $3,650 for LLS through donations and a last-minute fundraiser held at Troy's Greek Cuisine. To donate to Mortazavi's fundraising page through Oct. 8, visit http://pages.teamintraining.org/sf/sdtrcla12/amortazavi .