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My "Cancer to Cured" Fundraising Page!
Dec 31, 2015

Please help me reach our BIG goal...
...and let's save more lives together!



Hi! Chris Zavadowski here! Several years ago my Dad, Rich Zavadowski, was diagnosed with a very rare, very aggressive lymphoma (called peripheral t-cell lymphoma, unspecified). Unfortunately, because this type of blood cancer is so rare, doctors around the world simply don't know enough for effective, standardized treatment.

It was a scary time, because four out of five people who get his cancer die within five years (many much sooner).

But the good news is, my Dad was accepted into a research protocol at the NIH's National Cancer Institute. And because of the research my Dad participated in, not only was he part of helping doctor's move one step closer to a cure, but as of March 13, 2014, his doctors declared him CURED!

"CURED!" = The word every cancer patient wants to hear.

"CURED!" = The word MY own dad, Richard A. Zavadowski, finally heard on March 13, 2014 from his NIH lymphoma doctors. Almost 6 years after the diagnosis of his very rare, very aggressive blood cancer (a cancer that still has NO standard effective treatment), the scans are done. No more "remission". No more "cancer-free". Just annual blood work and "CURED!"

Imagine hearing your dad has a cancer that kills 4 out of 5 people who get it. A cancer that still has no standard effective treatment. Then imagine you get to hear the blessed word we heard this year. Fact is, not many people who get what my dad had get to hear the great news we just did (yet). Thanks to amazing cancer research that WORKS (support it at on this page!) and amazing medical care, and amazing family & friends...progress is being made!

Plus, my Mom, Mary Ann Zavadowski, is also a breast cancer survivor. Thanks to cutting edge medical science, she is now celebrating her 14th year cancer-free. To say all of this is a blessing would be an understatement. :-)

However, we've all been touched my cancer in some way, and truth is, the fight against cancer is still raging on. Which is why we're asking for YOUR help to make sure this valuable research continues, and to celebrate this important milestone for our family and friends! That's why this year I'm on the National Capital Area's Leadership Team for their "Light the Night" walks -- the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual evening walk and fundraising event to pay tribute and bring hope to those battling cancer.

This year, I have a huge goal and need YOUR help to reach it and save lives!

For the last four years, we were the #1 family & friends team for our region, and this year, with your help, we're doing it again -- and joining in with hundreds of thousands of others around the globe to raise funds for lifesaving research and patient services!

or more than 60 years, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has been solely focused on people with blood cancers. Presently, they 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 medical needs of people with blood cancers

So how can you help support these life-saving endeavors? Glad you asked! :) Here's the easiest way to support "Team Zavadowski"...

Please donate on this page by clicking "Donate Now" on the right-hand side. ANY amount makes a difference, and you'll join hundreds of thousands of people supporting this all-important event!

Kind in mind, 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.

Remember, we all know someone who has been affected by cancer. With "Light the Night", it's our chance to "walk the talk" and make a difference.

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!

Let's make my family's survival story a reality for thousands of others! It sure feels good to make a REAL impact, doesn't it? :)

-- Chris


Supporter Comments

    "Go Zavadowskis! We wish we could walk with you this year, but we'll be there in spirit."

    Susan Poll Klaessy

    Tue Sep 08 05:07:50 EDT 2015

    "Go get 'em, Chris!"

    Dale Walsh

    Fri Sep 11 09:26:14 EDT 2015

    "Go Team Zavadowski! Love, Cousin Rosemarie"

    Rosemarie Diedalis

    Wed Sep 23 03:26:44 EDT 2015

    "Chris, glad to see you are still supporting such a great cause!"

    Jeff Johnson

    Tue Sep 29 09:58:51 EDT 2015

    "Go Team Zavadowski, you're doing a fantastic job! "


    Tue Sep 29 02:50:57 EDT 2015

    "Thanks for your efforts in this amazing cause Chris and Team! My mom and dad are both cancer survivors, and I know they wouldn't be here today without medical advancements and breakthroughs. Danette and I are honored to make this donation."

    Craig Collins

    Wed Sep 30 01:08:16 EDT 2015

    "Good Work, Chris."

    Jeff Mulligan

    Wed Sep 30 01:23:44 EDT 2015

    "Hey buddy, here's my contribution."


    Mon Oct 05 06:05:35 EDT 2015

    "Thanks Chris for all your hard work on this. We need to hang out soon. It's been too long amigo."

    Mike Geary

    Fri Oct 23 10:29:10 EDT 2015

    "Your passion and call to action inspire me continuously. May every patient has the positive mental cheerleader like you guys. Cheers!"

    Noriko Okabe

    Mon Dec 28 12:23:51 EST 2015

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $11,100.01 | Goal: $10,000.00
111 %

My Team

Team Total: $22,051.01 | Goal: $25,000.00

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My Thanks To

Mike Geary $1111.00
Bigham Agency, Inc. $1000.00
Bigham Agency, Inc. $1000.00
Craig Collins $1000.00
scott thompson $1000.00
Ryan $500.00
michael lally $500.00
Gary N. $500.00
Willdo $500.00
joe spano $500.00
Charity Poker Tournament $290.00
Ringold Brothers $250.00
Jeff Johnson $250.00
The Builder $250.00
Jimmy Sweeney $200.00
Anthony Trister $150.00
Takiylia McKenzie and Rod... $150.00
Amy Palmer $100.00
Kim Jacobson $100.00
Noriko Okabe $100.00
The UPS Store Centreville $100.00
Alana Viertel $100.00
Jeff Mulligan $100.00
Anthony Smitha $100.00
Dale Walsh $100.00
Susan Poll Klaessy $100.00
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