Robert Hates Cancer

Here's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Sep 30, 2013

We did it! We have surpassed the original $10,000 goal, and we are working on trying to top $15,000. There is still time to donate, so please consider helping to fund research against cancer by donating now.

Yes, I really did walk from Kansas City to St. Louis in September, and it was an incredible trip. We met a lot of great people along the way, and we heard many happy and sad stories as well. This disease affects so many people, and we need to continue to work to find a cure. If you didn't get a chance to see the trip while it happened, you can at least enjoy our posts by checking out my Facebook page by clicking here.

Check out the video that my nephew did for the walk on YouTube!

Watch the interview on KSDK-channel 5!


Did you know: Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children under the age of 20?

Did you know: Many people die not from the cancer itself, but from the treatment of their cancer? New research is leading to safer AND more effective treatments! Check out this 2 minue video to see how scientists put one fatal disease against another and changed this 6 year old patient's life!


As many of you now know, I was diagnosed in 2010 with follicular lymphoma. It sounds scary, and it was, but after some research and experience I look at it more like a chronic disease and a nuisance. Although the lymphoma is now in remission and my treatments were mild for the most part, I still had to endure the monthly visits to the Siteman Cancer Center. Fortunately, research at the time had found other methods of treatment for my disease. Had I been diagnosed 6 months earlier, my regimen would have been much different and much worse. It is research like this that LLS supports, and why I am raising money.

Compared to what I see each time I am at the cancer center, I am one of the lucky ones. It is no fun to go to Siteman and see all of the people fighting their own battles with cancer. The Siteman staff is great, but it is still very sad to spend time there, which is another reason I am putting so much effort into finding a cure. LLS research has been cutting edge, and their efforts have had a positive effect on not only leukemia and lymphoma, but also on other types of cancers. So if you have ever been affected by cancer or know someone who has, helping this cause could benefit them as well!

This team raised nearly $8,000 in 2012, but fell short of our goal of $10,000. We are commited to reaching that goal this year! Here's how you can help:

  • The easy way - donate money now and be done with it.
  • OR, sign up to walk with us on September 27th and help to raise funds.
  • OR, start your own team where you work. We need more corporate teams to raise money this year.
  • OR, share this page on your social media accounts, email your friends (and enemies), and otherwise beg everyone you know to donate.
  • OR, do some cool fundraising event on your own or with my help. Anything from selling paper balloons at work, having a car wash, or selling candy bars to raise money will help our cause.
  • OR, some combination of the above!

Let me know if you are able to help out. I would love to hear from you. And don't forget, if your company has a matching funds program, make sure you take the extra step to fill out that paperwork.

Thank you to everyone for your support!



Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual fundraising walk to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Hundreds of thousands of participants raise funds for lifesaving research and patient services.

For more than 60 years, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has been solely focused on people with blood cancers. Presently, we have more than $250 million committed to research across the United States and in ten other countries. Every dollar is provided by concerned donors. We invest in the best, outcome based science:

  • Anywhere, with no geographic or institutional boundaries
  • Without profit incentive
  • To meet unmet Medicare needs of people with blood cancers

And LLS funded advances are helping patients beyond those for whom they were originally developed, including people with solid tumors and auto-immune diseases. In the past decade, nearly 50% (19 out of 39) of the cancer drugs approved by the FDA were approved as treatments for blood cancer patients. Twelve are already approved for people beyond those for whom they were first developed. With your help, we are saving lives.

  • A donation of $30 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.


Supporter Comments

    "Your co-worker, Missy Dillon, shared your link on facebook. Good Luck! I pray the heat doesn't take its toll. I donated in memory f my father who lost his life to Lymphoma in 2008. I hate cancer too!"

    Angela Weeks

    Wed Sep 11 08:28:04 EDT 2013

    "I am glad to Donate to the good cause. Proud to be part of this initiative. Keep up the good work."

    Harikumar Sundaram

    Fri Sep 13 04:18:49 EDT 2013

    "Stay strong Jaxon Menner! "

    Bonita Knickmeyer

    Mon Aug 05 08:23:48 EDT 2013

    "Thanks Robert, you are an inspiration to us all. Good luck and do us proud. Barb Menner"

    Barbara Menner

    Mon Aug 05 11:33:21 EDT 2013

    "Great work, Robert!"

    Tripp Narup

    Tue Jul 30 09:34:09 EDT 2013

    "Donation in honor of Logan Haferkamp"

    Darin and Judith Schneider

    Wed Jul 24 12:35:05 EDT 2013

    "Betty was my maid of honor, my best and dearest friend. I love and miss her so much. Robert Norton is my cousin, and I wish him all the strength in this amazing journey."


    Thu Jul 18 12:10:08 EDT 2013

    "My Aunt passed away this year of Lymphoma, they had exhausted all treatment options. Please remember her as you walk. God bless you Robert, I hope you meet your goal!"

    Sandy Smith

    Sun Jul 07 03:12:45 EDT 2013

    "Good luck Robert!"

    Teri Gaffney

    Sun Jul 07 02:52:52 EDT 2013

    "Sorry I'm late, but better late than never :-) Congrats on your big feat!!!"

    Stephanie Thompson

    Fri Oct 11 01:21:51 EDT 2013

    "This is great, Robert. Congrats on completing the walk!"

    David Giltner

    Sun Oct 06 02:31:47 EDT 2013

    "Awesome job Robert! You rock!"

    Maria Kuhn

    Fri Sep 27 11:11:21 EDT 2013

    "A fantastic commitment Robert - the very best of luck and we hope a well earned rest afterwards. The UK Multimedia Team"

    UK Multimedia

    Fri Sep 27 09:59:22 EDT 2013

    "Looking for a Strong Finish Norton!!!"

    John & Michele Cook

    Wed Sep 25 10:44:29 EDT 2013

    "Good Luck Robert on your amazing feat with your feet! I'm thinking of you every step of the way! ~Julie McKinzie"

    Julie McKinzie

    Tue Sep 17 07:05:49 EDT 2013

    "Good Luck on your walk Robert!!! Love ya! Kelly & Michelle"

    Michelle Cook

    Mon Sep 16 10:24:21 EDT 2013

    "Stay strong and walk long, Robert!"

    Kirk Swearingen

    Fri Sep 13 03:07:44 EDT 2013

    "May you have wings on your feet as you walk to raise money for a great cause. "

    pat rioux

    Fri Sep 13 11:10:05 EDT 2013

    "Saw spot on KSDK and was compelled to donate. No family or friends directly impacted, so counting my blessings while supporting those fighting the good fight. Good luck and God bless."

    STL Supporter

    Tue Sep 10 12:38:01 EDT 2013

    "Admire your dedication to this, Robert! "

    Jennifer Byington Geistler

    Mon Sep 09 11:09:29 EDT 2013

    "Good luck, hope the weather is good for you."

    P Johnson

    Fri Sep 06 12:19:25 EDT 2013

    "Robert, Way to go! You are getting support from a fellow PMP, former TNT member from CA and you deserver it!"

    Scott Tsugita, PMP

    Wed Sep 04 01:21:21 EDT 2013

    "Robert - I will pray for reasonable weather, a tail wind and smooth roads. See you out on the road!"

    Tom Pohlman

    Wed Sep 04 12:01:39 EDT 2013

    "Helping a Great Man for a Great Cause! Just wish I could give more. After witnessing a pretty bad Cancer treatment regiment and even worse the horrible after effects of the treatment that Duke will have to live with the rest of his life, I can only hope this helps others not have to go thru it. That being said, he is now 10 years Cancer free due to those horrible treatments. Hope you have fun with this walk and raise $20,000!!! "

    Linda NortonTemple

    Wed Sep 04 10:50:22 EDT 2013

    "This Donation is in Honor of my Father Frank Diebold (Leukemia survivor) and Robert Norton (Lymphoma Survivor)... My family will walk to honor them as well as All those who have been affected by cancer. "

    Kathleen & Michael Hargrave

    Mon Aug 26 10:21:52 EDT 2013

    "Best of luck for success and endurance. Wear sunscreen!"

    Judy Zettle

    Tue Aug 20 01:59:15 EDT 2013

    "Keep going Robert! Help find a cure. Jim, Kathy, & Quentin Wells"

    Kathy & Jim Wells

    Mon Sep 23 11:58:07 EDT 2013

    "Walk on Robert!"

    Jane Aleshire

    Sun Sep 22 10:36:16 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $9,740.63 | Goal: $2,500.00
390 %

My Team

Team Total: $17,666.00 | Goal: $10,000.00

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My Thanks To

Monsanto $1515.00
Unspecified Donor $570.00
Monsanto $500.00
STL Supporter $500.00
Elsevier $375.00
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Anonymous_2 $220.00
GINA MCKEE $150.00
Elsevier $100.00
JP Morgan $100.00
Elsevier $100.00
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Elsevier Foundation $100.00
David Giltner $100.00
Arthur David Peppard $100.00
Nick, Sherry & Kids $100.00
Jonathan Schmidt $100.00
John & Michele Cook $100.00
Jonathan Parker $100.00
Jane Aleshire $100.00
Greg Flesher $100.00
Michelle Cook $100.00
Kirk Swearingen $100.00
P Johnson $100.00
Tom Pohlman $100.00
Linda NortonTemple $100.00
Kathleen & Michael Hargra... $100.00
Tripp Narup $100.00
Melissa Dillon $100.00
Elsevier $65.00
Abby & Rachel's Bake Sale $65.00
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Jennifer Been $50.00
UK Multimedia $50.00
Alicia Merchant $50.00
Kathy & Jim Wells $50.00
Julie McKinzie $50.00
pat rioux $50.00
Angela Weeks $50.00
Scott Tsugita, PMP $50.00
Karasek Family $50.00
Judy Zettle $50.00
Chris Umstead $50.00
Scott Peters $50.00
Mark, Lisa and Marlee $50.00
Lara Gniadek $50.00
Elsevier $30.00
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Maria Kuhn $30.00
Harikumar Sundaram $30.00
Barbara Menner $30.00
Elsevier $25.00
Stephanie Thompson $25.00
Jeni Rose $25.00
Sandy Smith $25.00
Teri Gaffney $25.00
Elsevier $20.00
Courtney Sprehe $20.00
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