My Fundraising Page
Apr 02, 2009 by John Wagner
Welcome to John Wagner's Light The Night Walk homepage.
Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's evening walk and fundraising event. It is the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lost.
The evening of October 24, 2009, will be my family's and my FIFTH year to participate in the Light The Night Walk. I think this is significant for two reasons. One, it has been more than four years since my diagnosis with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma (CLL/SLL). Two, I am still doing well and am able to participate!
I support this effort because not only do I have this blood cancer, but CLL is what my dad died from in November 2003. There are treatments available to me that weren't available to my dad just a few short years ago. I have already had eight rounds of chemotherapy and I will be doing more in the future. Funding for research makes these new therapies available and research will one day lead to a cure. Our prayer is these new therapies will keep me alive until a cure is discovered.
I will be carrying a white balloon to indicate I am a survivor of blood cancer, my family members will carry red balloons to indicate they are supporters (and great supporters they are!) and we will be carrying one gold balloon in rememberance of my dad.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) funds lifesaving research that has contributed to major advances in the treatment of blood cancers and treatments for other types of cancer, such as chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. These treatments have helped patients live better, longer lives. New targeted therapies that kill cancer cells without harming normal tissue are providing drugs and procedures that are improving quality of life.
- A donation of $25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.
- A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
- A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.
- A donation of $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.
Every single donation is so very important, no matter how large or how small. Many small donations add up to make a big difference and can help to save lives, perhaps even my own. Please make a donation to support my participation in the Light The Night Walk and help save lives. Be sure to check my Web site frequently to see my progress, and thanks for your support and your prayers!