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Jul 25, 2014

Welcome to our Light The Night Walk Team Fundraising Page

Why should you walk?  Join this team?  Or make a donation?  Everyone will have their own personal reasons as to why.  I will be featuring my teams reasons to walk throughout the weeks leading up to September 25th.  Join my team, and let's share your reason.  Make sure to read why you should donate and walk.  My friend Jerry Pringle is a true warrior, check out his story:

My Cancer Journey

Jerry Pringle

Hi, my name is Jerry Pringle, and I am proud to say that I am a 2 time cancer survivor.  Both times I have had forms of lymphoma, the first in 2008, and the second in 2013.

The first bout was large diffuse b-cell lymphoma, a very aggressive, fast-growing cancer.  I first noticed something was wrong when I could not bench press with a barbell at the gym – my left arm was fine, but my right arm could no longer keep up.  It didn’t hurt, but it just couldn’t push the weight up.  At about the same time, a lump had formed in my neck.  We went to the doctor, and he thought the shoulder was tendinitis, and sent me to a physical therapist.  The lump in my neck was looked at by an ear, nose, and throat specialist, but it was too small to get a sample for a biopsy.

After just a couple of months, both the pain in my shoulder and the lump had gotten worse.  We scheduled surgery with the ENT doctor, November 2008.  We got the news that it was cancer a few days before Christmas.  When we met with the oncologist, Dr. Yee, he was very upset that we had taken so long to have everything looked at.  When we left his office, he told us to head to the hospital, and we would have an appointment for a PET and CT scan by the time we got there.

The scans confirmed the cancer was in my neck, under both arms, and had gotten into the bone of my upper right arm – that was what was causing the pain; the bone was expanding from the inside.  Eventually it could have shattered, but we caught it in time. It was also in my spine and pelvis.  I started chemotherapy in January 2009, one treatment every 3 weeks for a total of 8 treatments.  By the third treatment, another PET and CT scan showed that the cancer was nearly gone!  One of the drugs in the chemo treatments was Rituxan, partially funded by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  It has proved to be a lifesaver!

I did lose all my hair (ALL my hair – no eyebrows, eyelashes, no hair on my arms, legs, anywhere!) and the chemo took a lot out of my endurance.  I could barely walk up a flight of stairs, and I didn’t eat very well.  We did the treatments on Wednesdays, and food didn’t taste normal until late Friday or Saturday.

My oncologist told me that I would need to start doing cardio workouts to burn the effects of the chemo out of my system.  Although I enjoyed going to the gym, it was for weightlifting only, I rarely got on the treadmill or elliptical machines.  About the same time, I got an email from a high school classmate, telling me that she was going to run a marathon with Team in Training.  I looked up TNT, and signed up to run the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2009.  I had not run more than 100 yards since the early 80’s when I was in the Army.  Training was very difficult, especially when I found out that I could not run more than ¼ mile without stopping!  I stuck with it, though, and with the help of my coach and teammates I earned the finishers medal at the marathon.  I was so excited that I have continued to run, becoming a mentor and a coach for our local Team in Training chapter.  I have since completed over 70 races, ranging from 5k (20+) to marathons (10+) and beyond (50k and 50 miles).

The second bout was follicular lymphoma, a slow growing indolent cancer.  It popped up after I fell running a trail race – about 2 weeks later a small lump formed in my groin.  We saw Dr. Yee again, and we kept an eye on it until it started growing in the fall of 2013.  We had surgery on it in November 2013, and started “chemo-lite” late December.  This time it was just 4 rounds, and we didn’t have to use the same mix of drugs as the first time.  I still was in the treatment center for 6 hours for each treatment, just like 2009, and like last time I responded to treatment very well.  Scans and bone-marrow blood tests confirm that there is no cancer left.

I do have to go into treatment every 6 months for the next 3 years – 4 rounds of Rituxan once a week each time.  I can honestly say that the Rituxan has saved my life, and I will be forever in debt to LLS for helping bring this drug to market.

 

This year I am walking in honor of my friend, Susan DuPont.  Susan doesn't have a blood cancer, however it is through the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and their TNT campaign that we actually met so I thought what better way to honor her and show her I want to make a difference.  Almost 10 years ago I met this competitive little fire cracker that I'd never imagine I'd call a friend.  Fast forward 10 years, and I think of her and our core group like family.  Susan has recently been diagnosed with 3 different forms of cancer at the young age of 39.  So I'm walking and raising money in her honor on September 25th, 2014 (3 days before Ironman!) at BMW Performance Center.  Please join me.

Susan's Hurdles She's Conquered So Far

Test #1 Kidney Removal

 

Test #2 168 Hours of Chemo Radiation in 6 Weeks

Her Port                                              Her best friend for 6 weeks.....not!

 

Test #3 Get Fit for Next Surgery and do a tri or 2 in the process

She finished 4th in her age group....by seconds

 

Test #4 Colorectal Surgery (required 3 surgeons due to skin being removed and placed in other areas)

The only "appropriate" wounds I can show.  This scare is called the "shark attack"

 

Test #5 Susan is still going through this stage.....I call it the "recovery stage" to prepare for........

Test #6 Six more months of chemotherapy

Susan has had her ups, downs, and in betweens but the great thing about it is that she has shared her journey (http://gottatri-atriathletesjourney.blogspot.com/) and been open and honest about it.  Somehow I think the best way for her cope is to journal, and get it out there.  Along the way she has inspired many people, especially me.  I asked her if it was okay for me to share her journey and do a team in her honor.  Her school has participated in this walk, even Susan herself has.  I see the work the Leukemia Lymphoma Society is doing as ground breaking, which is why I think with your support we can put an end to Cancer not someday, but today.

Over half the drugs that have been approved through the FDA for blood cancers have went on to impact other forms of cancer.  What LLS is doing is making a difference.  Just check out this 3 minute video to see how:

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Team Name Subteam Walk Site Date Team Captain City/State  
The Greene Team Greenville   BMW Performance Center 09/25/14 Nicole Ramsbey Greer, SC  

Team Fundraising Total

Goal: $2,500.00
 
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Donations: $3,226.81
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Thanks To

Farmhouse Fraternity $475.00
Alpha Sigma Phi $125.00
One World Technologies, I... $50.00
Aetna Foundation $13.75
Chris Crecente