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.