Lighting The Night for Jim
Aug 01, 2013
After a couple years away, I am happy to say I am back to work at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. There are so many reasons why this organization is so important to me, but the largest one will always be Jim Keune.
Jim was an amazing father to my brother-in-law, Jeff, as well as to my sister. And as my nephew's Grampy, he was spectacular.
By the time I met Jim, he had already been battling blood cancer for several years. It was his fight that inspired me to attempt my first half-marathon through Team In Training while raising money in his honor. And if, for any reason, you are doubting the awesomeness of this man, then just you wait for this. Though in the middle of aggressive treatments at the time, Jim came all the way to Indiana to cheer me on as I crossed the finish line. I mean... of course he did. Because he was freaking awesome, people.
On February 10, 2012, after a seven year fight done with massive amounts of grace and the highest of spirits, Jim was relieved of his battle and has been greatly missed in every second since. I am honored to continue to this fight in his name. And I am relentlessly committed so that I can help create a world where Jim's grandson, my nephew, will never have to see another person he loves battle cancer.
We are living in an extraordinary moment. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is on the brink of incredible breakthroughs that have already begun to change the lives of thousands of patients; treatments that can manage a person's condition with a daily pill, therapies that seek out cancer cells and kill them, and the use of a patient's own immune system to eradicate cancer not someday, but today.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk funds those treatments.
Please join me in remembering Jim and creating a world without cancer by making a donation today. Your support means so much to me, my family and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Thank you so very much.