Welcome to Bobbie's Fight Team Homepage
Sep 24, 2012
I know everyone is super busy but please take just a minute to read the following page. This is something that is very important to me and my family. For those of you who know me, know that in April 2011, I had a Pulmonary Embolism (blood clots in the lung). It wasn't until then that I found out that I have a blood disorder. Shortly after, we found out that both of my children also have a blood disorder, along with my mother, my sisters, my nieces and my nephew. In January 2012, I found myself back at the hospital this time in ICU. I had internal bleeding due to a ruptured cyst and blood thinners (that I need to be on the rest of my life due to the blood disorder). I received so much blood and plasma in such a short time that I developed pneumonia which turned into ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome). I could no longer breathe on my own. So the Doctors had to put a breathing tube in and put me in a sedated state so my body could rest. For seven days I lived off of machines. The Doctors told my family it wasn't looking good, they had done all they could; now it was up to me. Thank God, I made it!! When I look back it seems that if I knew I had this blood disorder years ago, it may have saved me and my family a lot of pain. Now don't get me wrong I'm very thankful that I only have a blood disorder and not cancer! Everyone thinks that something like this wouldn't happen to them, ESPECIALLY CANCER! Going through this made me realize it can. The reality is that every 4 minutes someone new is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Sadly approximately every 10 minutes someone in the US dies from a blood cancer and more than 1,012,533 Americans are living with or in remission from leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. But the only way we will find out more about any blood cancers or disorders is through research. And we need your help to do that!!! Please read on to see how you can help. Every dollar counts.
Welcome to my Light The Night Walk homepage.
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. We ask that you donate to our team and not a individual, so we can all meet our goals together. Be sure to check my Web site frequently to see my progress, and thanks for your support!