Coach Mel's Fundraising Page
Jun 14, 2016 by Melissa Pires
I am participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Walk in Anaheim on September 24th, and I would like to ask for your support.
As you may know, I coach marathons with Team in Training and know so many survivors, fighters, and sadly angels who were affected by cancer. This year I am fundraising for the Light the Night Walk to honor all those who have been affected including my dear friends! I work for such an amazing company that over the past 12 years of participating in Light the Night they have raised over $250,000. This year our team’s honored teammate is JoJo Alonzo, and here is her inspiring story
In January 2015, while Joanna ”JoJo” Alonzo, a mild mannered 29 year old woman, was minding her own business being a lover of Star Wars, comic books, and a creative plushie crafter she began having abdominal pain. After bloodwork and ultimately a liver biopsy she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Large B cell Lymphoma (later upgraded to Stage 4) much to her surprise. Aside from the battle that lied ahead…she had to try to wrap her brain around the possibility of not being able to have children due to the radiation (22 treatments) and chemo treatments she would endure…after completing her chemo course on May 11, 2015, she is now considered to be in remission! Although the process was draining she remained strong and kept her spirits high with the support of her family and friends. With her mother and father living in Mexico, her boyfriend Jake was always by her side, making sure she was never alone.
This quote from JoJo for this photo says it all about this resilient and amazing young woman…This is JoJo coming out of her last cycle. She wore her Phoenix shirt (one of her favorite woman superheroes). She felt it was appropriate as she is one of the most powerful of the marvel universe. With the funds raised by Light the Night and LLS, drugs like Rituxan were developed to enable this.
"PHOENIX TO RISE FROM THE ASHES"
LLS is the single largest nonprofit contributor to blood cancer research – more than $875 million has been invested in life-saving science.
Critical treatment innovations have originated through blood cancer research – radiation, chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation, and new targeted therapies. Nearly 50% of all FDA approved cancer drugs in the past decade were for blood cancer. Many are now being tested for other cancers and other illnesses.
Last year over 40,000 patients received financial assistance from LLS totaling over $6 million. And LLS provides information and support to patients and their caregivers all free. And to help patients during this time of crisis, LLS’s financial aid and co-pay programs are critically important.
Light The Night is a special night, celebrating and commemorating lives touched by cancer.
Your help will make a difference! Please consider making a donation to LLS on my behalf. To join me in the Walk or to donate online, visit http://pages.lightthenight.org/ocie/OrangeCo16/MPires
Thank you for your support in the fight against blood cancer.
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