little a triathlon

And as if one day of fundraising wasn't enough!

Maya headed out for a second consecutive day of fundraising at Pioneer Days in Palmer.  She brought with her photos of Maddy, a poster about the triathlon and a spirit that is enviable by all.  I just love it that kids are our greatest fundraisers for this event.

"little a"

The Triathlon

At it again in 2017!

Linnea and her family staffed the annual Little a Triathlon Lemonade stand.  For two days (in not the best weather, to boot!), she was out there selling lemonade and homemade baked goods and raising money for Natilynn.  We all feel so lucky in live in such a caring community!



A very touching Alaska Dispatch News piece by Charles Wohlforth and Eric Hill.

A short article printed in an Anchorage School District newsletter.

KTUU piece on Avery and the race here.

If you are going to listen to a single piece on the event, please listen to Annie Feidt's APRN piece; it simply nailed what we are doing with this event.

There will be prizes (57 total) for the finishers winning the categories below.  The top three males and females and the first place finishers in the team and age group categories below will receive medals that really are more pieces of functional art then just a medal.   They are designed and created by master potters Jacob Bera and Tony Perelli.  They are truly conversation pieces.

Top Three Overall Male and Female
Top Three Overall Teams
Top Three males and females in each age group

  • under 15
  • 15- 19
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • over 60

After the hair cut for wigs with a note for Avery =======>

Casey Kopkash is a middle-schooler from Lawrenceville, N.J.  She got her friends to help raise money for us by holding a triathlon of her own!  She is familiar with Avery's story and when she heard about Maddy and our triathlon, she wanted to help but could not talk her parents into a plane ticket to Alaska.  So, she decided to take to create a fund-raising event of her own.  

A 10 year old is simply showing us all how to live a full and giving life.  She donated her hair and raisied money for cancer research and treatment.  Half of her earnings went to the Canadian Cancer Society; meanwhile, she donated the other half of her earnings to the little a triathlon.  Her words and her efforts will leave you speechless.

link is here:

Jazee Halloway

If you or someone you know wishes to volunteer for the event, please contact J.T. Lindholm at

The Triathlon

This triathlon is both a fundraising event and a memorial for Avery Lindholm.  She was a fun-loving, smart, and energetic child who was diagnosed with medulloblastoma type 3 (an aggressive form of brain cancer) at the age of 2 ½ .  She passed away 5 ½ months later, just days shy of her third birthday.  Even in her short life, she was always drawn to people and it only seems fitting that an event that gives back to others to make their lives better be done in her name.  Her mom, Adrienne, came to be known as "Big A" while Avery was always referred to as "little a."  To learn more about the girl known as “little a” feel free to read her obituary or see a slideshow that was played at her memorial service (links to them are below).  Of course, her dad, J.T., will talk about her with anyone who asks.

Avery's obituary can also be found here:

Avery's Slideshow from her memorial can also be found here:


Inspired and Inspiring

<=========  These four (Linnea, Kylar, Kael and Maya) spent an entire day near the South Fork Trailhead and raised over $200 for the Brandl's!  They also raised awareness about our event and really demonstrated what we are hoping to do: build community.  I am humbled by their efforts and so excited to have them on our team of volunteers!


In The News

For the race in 2018, there have already been many generous donations to the race to to Avery's spirit.  Artist Tony Perelli has created a gorgeous wooden bench in Avery's honor.  He received permission to place it in Spirit Park in Eagle River, a park that Avery visited often.  You can read more about the bench and the artist here:

Scott and Becky Hauser have also donated a chair from the old Chair One at Alyeska.  The chair will be auctioned off and all the proceeds will go towards Jazee's medical care.

Come take part in a truly unique and Alaskan event!  This event is both a fundraiser and a memorial event.  Funds raised from this event will go to a family with a child currently receiving treatment for cancer.  

The event will start and finish at the Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area (formerly known as Kepler-Bradley) at 10am on Saturday, June 30th, 2018.

Swim: 800 meters in Matanuska Lake (wetsuit strongly recommended)
Bike: 11 miles of off road biking
Run: 4 mile trail run​ 

Our 2018 recipient is Jazee (pronounced "Jah-Zay") Halloway and her family. Jazee Holloway is a 7-year old Anchorage resident. She has an amazing spirit, and greets everyone she meets with a smile and hug.  She loves and lives her life to the fullest as best as a 7-year old can. She regularly attends church, and helps the younger kids in her bible study group and in Sunday School. She loves her barbies, singing, dancing baking, and can eat a whole container of strawberries if you let her.  She is a wonderful and helpful daughter, who sees the positive in all situations, and is wise beyond her years.  Jazee’ also loves school. In fact if you ask her what she loves about school, she will say what she always says – “learning”.  Above all, Jazee’ is also the very proud “big-sister” of her 6-year old brother Jahlon.  Jazee’ spent the entire summer preparing her and her brother for the school year at her new school.  But, two days into the school year, she was diagnosed with a pineoblastoma - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (two days after beginning 2nd grade).  Pineoblastoma is very aggressive, and extremely rare, accounting for less than 1% of all primary brain tumors.  Jazee’s brain tumor unbeknownst to us, developed within months and weeks, and not years.  Although Jazee’ has a large support of family and friends in Anchorage, treatment for pineoblastoma is also rare, and therefore was unavailable at her local hospital.  On August 29, 2017, Jazee’s care was transferred to Seattle. She had successful brain surgery on September 6, 2017 to remove a very large brain tumor.  However, neurosurgeons were unable to remove all the tumor, and had to rely instead on proton therapy to shrink the tumor.  While Jazee’s tumor responded beautifully to radiation, her body is experienced right side weakness, a side effect of surgery.   Her days started early for therapy (physical, rehabilitative, and speech) and were long, yet she approached each day with a smile. After therapy was completed, she was off to radiation, and Friday was reserved for chemotherapy.  And as so many children experienced, Jazee’s long, beautiful hair began to fall out in October, she made the decision and asked her Mom to cut her hair completely off. This was just one more testament of her amazing confidence, courage, kindness, and love for herself and others throughout her journey with, or without hair.  Jazee’ was excited to finally return to Anchorage on November 4, 2017.  She is back in school, and enjoys being around her classmates and teachers. On her 1st day back, she asked if the classmates wanted to see her head, and she showed them her head without fear, and explained her medical situation, and they seemed just fine with it all – awesome kids!  Although she loves recess, she is spends them mostly inside due to the cold temperatures and icy conditions. She is continuing with her therapies, and is thriving in all of them. No matter what is asked of her, she always has the “I can do it mommy” attitude (becoming more independent). Jazee’ will have her 1st post-radiation MRI on Dec 11, 2017. We are approaching that day like any other day – another blessed day! Jazee’s is looking beyond that date, and focusing on Christmas with family and friends. And of no surprise to her family, she has requested that she and her brother donate their old, newer-looking toys and deliver them to a local shelter for Christmas gifts. And therefore, we look forward to helping them brighten the faces of those kids, who are often forgotten. Chemotherapy is scheduled to restart on Dec 26, 2017, followed by 4-5 days in a local hospital.  The results of the MRI will provide us with the duration of chemotherapy, and whether it will be in Anchorage or Seattle.