Welcome to our Team's Homepage
Nov 01, 2013
Welcome to our Light The Night Walk Team Fundraising Page
When The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk funds treatments that save lives, it's all due to people like you. Without your efforts LLS could not provide these lifesaving treatments. LLS really is making cures happen with your help.
Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams and millions of consumers help by donating at retail outlets. These efforts culminate in inspirational, memorable evening walks in over two hundred communities each fall across North America.
Please join our team's effort today by registering to walk or by making a donation. Your participation in the Light The Night Walk will save lives today. Be sure to check our team Web site frequently to see our progress, and thanks for your support!
Meet our survivors:
Megan, one of our teammates and a survivor of Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
My mom knew immediately when she saw the lump on my neck. Because of her career in oncology, she had the resources to get me diagnosed quickly. I had Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and I believe she saved my life.
As I received chemo, I watched movies with my dad. He told me I’d beat cancer. Seeing his smile, I knew I could. Just when I felt like giving up, I’d visit my mom at work in the pediatric cancer clinic. I saw patients much younger than me, receiving harsh treatments, yet they smiled and ran around like nothing was wrong. I saw my mom work so hard for the kids, and it gave me strength to carry on.
I met Jason right after my last day of radiation. I had fuzz for hair and gained weight from steroids. He’s been nothing but supportive, and today he’s my husband.
The entire cancer experience has made me a stronger person and I now see the world in a different light. I have a new career as an office manager at a children’s clinic. I surround myself with positive people. I’m much stronger in that I’ve learned to never take things for granted. The summer when treatment ended, I finished my first triathlon as a cancer survivor, and my goal is to do it every year as a reminder of what I’ve overcome. I want to show those who are fighting this disease that life does go on.
Meet Nicole, Children's Blood & Cancer Center Business Manager and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor
I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1993 at the age of 16. I went from a teenager to an adult overnight, and being forced to grow up so fast changed the course of my life in many ways.
When I had cancer, there were no pediatric oncologists in Austin. I was treated in an adult clinic and underwent chemotherapy for nine months with no child life services, homebound services, social workers, dietician, support groups, and TV/Internet/games. I never met another kid or teen with cancer until later in life.
Today I love my work at the Children’s Blood & Cancer Center. I never planned to work in a pediatric clinic, a cancer clinic, or even in healthcare long term. I know firsthand the value of the services we provide because I can see how differently my treatment experience would have been if I were treated in a family-friendly clinic like CBCC.
Groups like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, as well as the resources, education, and support provided by the CBCC, were not readily available when I was on treatment. I see the benefits at work every day, and I can see how I would have benefited, as well as my family and friends, during my treatment. By participating in Light the Night, I hope to ensure others will benefit from these important services today and in the future.
I describe my cancer experience as a huge change in perspective. I definitely look at the world and people I interact with differently, and I value every experience that comes my way.