My Fundraising Page
Oct 07, 2013
Welcome to my Light The Night Walk homepage! My name is Jen. The photos above show before, during, and after photos of me from my last battle with Hodgkins. I have spent a good part of the past two years of my life fighting Hodkin's Lymphoma. I went into remission with 3 rounds of Stanford V chemo and radiation, but that only lasted about a year. Before my 21st birthday last year I found out that there was growth in the cancerous lymph nodes around my heart. It took over a month to schedule everything and get the results back but when they did come back, I was on my way out to my birthday dinner with some friends. My cancer was back and the "only chance at salvaging me would be a stem cell transplant." I have had my transplant. In total I've had 3 different types of chemo regimens, 6 rounds of chemotherapy, 1 round of radiation including 17 treatments, and a stem cell transplant. That may sound like a lot. Honestly, it was. I am now infertile. (I did fertility preservation prior to my transplant.) I am simply happy to be alive to be honest. I have lost too many friends to different types of cancer and I consider myself extremely lucky to have the chance to continue surviving. Who is to say where I would be today without the new technology that's come out recently thanks to research funded by people like you?
I recieved a stem cell transplant on March 11th and 12th. Those stem cells were nearly impossible to harvest from me, but my doctor did it. We ended up with twice as many as necessary. After 100 days of isolation following 21 days in the hospital, I am healthy and cancer free.
Any one of us can become sick at any time. It doesn't matter how healthy we are and how well we treat our bodies. There is no preventing this (yet). No one asks for it. No one deserves this. I have made the choice to be positive and do whatever I can to help others from suffering.
You can help. Any donation of any amount matters.
I participated in the 2013 Jimmy Fund telethon with WEEI and NESN to help to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. Here is my interview.
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.
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!
I really, really want to raise a lot of money this year. I'm also selling "no one fights alone" bracelets for $5. They're lime green which is the color for lymphoma. I live in the city so if anyone would like to purchase one let me know.
This annual walk is always a blast, I really hope many of you sign up. If not, I hope you at least donate.
This means a lot to anyone who has been impacted by blood cancer.