My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Sep 02, 2014

Hi there! My name is Katelyn Spence. Those who are viewing this might already know me and know a little about my journey, but in case you don't; here is a little background.

Just weeks after my 25th birthday, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). My life was changed in a matter of seconds. At the time of my diagnosis, I was working as a Registered Nurse in the Newborn ICU and attending graduate school at Quinnipiac University. My life changed dramatically when I had to start extensive chemotherapy and radiation for my leukemia. I went from leading an active life, to being homebound with my home away from home being Smilow. While I felt like my world was being turned upside down, I still had goals. The day I was diagnosed I said I would walk across the stage at graduation, and that I did. I then went on to complete my clinical hours and received my diploma in October. I have since passed my boards and work as an APRN in Hematology/Oncology. While I have accomplished many goals, I still have an uphill battle to fight. I continue to receive maintenance chemotherapy and visit Smilow weekly. I also have ongoing side effects from my chemotherapy. I continue to take everything one step @ a time and I am very fortunate of how far I have come. To learn more about my journey follow my blog at:

On October 18, 2014 I will be walking in Light The Night. This is my second year participating in the event. It is truly an amazing event and it is my goal to increase awareness of blood cancers. It's critical to increase awareness because I've learned first hand that cancer doesn't discriminate. It affects everyone; every gender, race, and age. Not only does it impact the individual battling the cancer, it change the lives of those closest to them.

While increasing awareness, it's my goal to raise money to change someone's life that's been impacted by blood cancer. I'm very fortunate to have an amazing support system and access to numerous resources. Many people affected by blood cancers are not as fortunate as I am. I hope that my story has shown you that you never know where life will take you or when. Like myself, there are millions around the world with a unique story. Please help me reach my goal of $5,000. I was honored and amazed by the donations last year. I was able to raise close to $10,000! No donation is too small. I greatly appreciate your help in reaching my goal. Just like my journey with ALL, I cannot do this alone, so THANK YOU for your help!

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Bob Marley


Supporter Comments

    "Thank you to everyone who has donated! I am honored by your generosity and continued support!! "

    Katelyn Spence

    Sun Oct 12 05:56:17 EDT 2014

    "May faith and courage be your guide "

    kathleen stardellis

    Fri Oct 10 10:31:05 EDT 2014

    "Katelyn, wishing you continued health and success! Love you!!"

    Irene Cullagh

    Thu Oct 02 09:52:03 EDT 2014

    "Keep taking those steps Katelyn! You are an amazing woman and I know you will beat this!"

    Maureen O'Brien

    Tue Sep 30 08:49:19 EDT 2014

    "Katelyn, Stay positive and keep making progress one step at a time :) Best wishes, Garrett Hofer"


    Thu Sep 11 10:04:58 EDT 2014

    "Leukemia is a diagnosis that's near to my heart, as I lost my beloved grandfather to it many years ago. He was like a father to me, and I miss him dearly. Prayers for you, Katelyn, on your journey through this! You are an incredibly strong woman, and an inspiration to many around you! <3"

    Lauren McBride

    Sun Sep 07 08:44:27 EDT 2014

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $1,223.63 | Goal: $100.00
1224 %

My Team

Team Total: $5,625.00 | Goal: $5,000.00

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My Thanks To

Katelyn Spence $200.00
katelyn zaret $100.00
Verizon $50.00
Priscilla Gomez $50.00
Katie Brown $30.00
Irene Cullagh $30.00
Pfitzer $25.00
Pfizer Foundation Matchin... $12.50
Pfitzer $6.25
Pfitzer $3.33
D Mathieu  
kathleen stardellis  
Mary Vegliante  
Maureen O'Brien  
Lauren McBride