My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Mar 15, 2009 by Valerie Coffman

Welcome to my Light The Night Walk homepage. Help us fight blood cancers!

Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's evening walk and fundraising event. It is the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lost.

I was inspired to participate in the Light The Night Walk by my friend and team captain, Jessica. Jessica started our team, Imagination Domination, from a hospital room at Johns Hopkins Hospital while she was undergoing treatment for acute myelogenous leukemia. Thanks to innovations in cancer treatment research; a generous, matching bone marrow donor; excellent care at Johns Hopkins; her own amazing, fighting spirit; and the support of many friends, family, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma society, Jessica is now in remission!

Jessica isn't the only person I know who has been affected by leukemia or lymphoma. One of my ex-roommates is a survivor of Hodgkin's disease and my best friend is a survivor of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Every 4 minutes one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer. An estimated 139,860 people will be newly diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma this year.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) funds lifesaving research that has contributed to major advances in the treatment of blood cancers and treatments for other types of cancer, such as chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. These treatments have helped patients live better, longer lives. New targeted therapies that kill cancer cells without harming normal tissue are providing drugs and procedures that are improving quality of life.

  • A donation of $25 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.

The DC Light The Night walk will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 7:00 PM. Starting at 13th & Pennsylvania Avenue NW, thousands of supporters will walk 2.5 miles through downtown DC, carrying lighted balloons: red for supporters like me, white for survivors like Jessica.

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!

UPDATE: If I reach my fundraising goal of $500 by Saturday's walk, I'll donate my hair to Locks of Love at the walk!!!


Supporter Comments

    "A small contribution to Valerie and Jessica from Denmark."


    Thu Oct 15 10:36:06 EDT 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $600.00 | Goal: $500.00
120 %

My Team

Team Total: $7,713.13 | Goal: $5,000.00

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My Thanks To

Kimberly Cain $100.00
James Denton $50.00
Andrew Reid $50.00
Sharlette $50.00
Steve Langer $50.00
Ananth Sarathy $50.00
Anonymous $33.70
Virginia Pasour $25.00
Dara Stern $25.00
Elise Belknap $25.00
Gunay Dogan $25.00
Artemis $25.00
Mimi Prober $10.00
Jamie Boullt $10.00
Richard Wagner $10.00
Jennifer Sommer Marquez $5.00