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Welcome to our Team's Homepage
Aug 23, 2010 by Amy Johnson


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.

As many of you know, Molly was diagnosed with Acute Lymphblastic Leukemia on December 16, 2008. In the fall of 2008, Molly was sweet and easygoing, very much enjoying her role as the baby of our family. Around Halloween she came down with a stomach bug that seemed to hang on for quite a while- longer than your normal run. Shortly thereafter, Molly began complaining that her arm hurt. She woke up in the middle of the night saying her elbow hurt. A few times a day, she would grab her upper right arm and cry. A dose of Motrin would help- only to have the same complaint return the next day. The complaints came more frequently and her distress became more obvious. She would hold her arm protectively at school. Molly seemed a little pale, always felt warmish. Our ideas of these being simple growing pains did not seem like an adequate explanation.

And so our journey to a diagnosis began. We had multiple doctor’s visits, many x-rays, blood draws and even a cast on her arm at one point and time. After about 4 weeks, a blood draw and final set of x-rays led my husband and one of his colleagues to an answer we never wanted. One Monday afternoon, Molly was checked in at MCG awaiting a bone marrow aspiration to confirm what everyone suspected. By Tuesday afternoon, 10 days after Molly’s 2nd birthday, we were told Molly had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We were told our 2 year old daughter would need to begin chemotherapy immediately and would continue to receive chemo for the next 2 ½ years.

Wow. What a moment – one I will never forget. It was a punch in the stomach- only I could not react because Molly’s eyes were on us. She seemed so small in her big hospital bed, so helpless, so trusting. In a matter of weeks she went from a toddler enjoying her first trip to see the princesses at Disney World to a child hooked up to all sorts of tubes and monitors. And a chemo patient. A child with cancer. My child with leukemia. I felt absolutely powerless.

We did begin chemo immediately- on December 16, 2008. We celebrated her sister Abi’s 4th birthday that night in Molly’s hospital room with balloons and pizza. Molly remained in patient for 10 days, and was released 2 days before Christmas. I am sure you can imagine what a sweet Christmas present that was for all of us.

Since that time, Molly has completed many phases of her chemotherapy protocol. She has swallowed pills too numerous to count, endured many lumbar punctures for chemo, has had a few hospital stays for what would ordinarily be a minor illness. Her childhood so far has not been what you would call normal. BUT it has been good. She has been in remission since the 2nd month of chemo. Her meds are taken at home, one clinic visit a month for chemo, and we are home that afternoon. As long as Molly is well, she attends preschool a couple days a week, and has joined her big sisters in dance class come this fall. The beginning of her treatment was intense and overwhelming, but the management of Molly’s illness has become very ‘doable’ . Even though her appointments and medicine schedule keep us busy, Eric and I have always wanted to do more.

I became involved with Light the Night last year. We formed our team- known as Team Mollypop- in honor of Molly. We were joined by family and friends in our fundraising, and many came to share in the walk. I had never been to a walk before, or done much fundraising. I was amazed at the generosity of our friends, and their friends and people we did not even know.

I am asking that you join Molly, myself and our family friends this year in supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please join us on our Light the Night Walk on October 2, 2010, in Augusta. Molly is the honroed hero for the Augusta walk this year. She would love to see her friends and family all around as we begin the walk. We would be honored to have you as a part of Team MollyPop!

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. New targeted therapies that kill cancer cells without harming normal tissue are providing drugs and procedures that are improving quality of life.

In fact, in 2009 alone, LLS researchers were conducting more than 90 clinical trials, a critical step in the development of new treatments and cures that will help patients live better, longer lives.

  • 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.

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!


Much love-

Amy, Eric, Emily Kate, Abi & Molly

Team Name Subteam Walk Site Date Team Captain City/State  
Team MollyPop   Commons 10/02/10 Amy Johnson Augusta, GA  
Team MollyPop Hayden's All-Star Cheerleading Team Commons 10/02/10 Crystal Allen Augusta, GA  

Supporter Comments

    "Walk on Hollins Family!!! Enjoy your time together. Cheers to you for hiking all the way down to Georgia to walk with Molly!"

    The Lee Family

    Thu Sep 23 01:22:36 EDT 2010

Team Fundraising Total

Goal: $5,000.00
96 %
Donations: $4,818.10

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