jg's Fundraising Page
Aug 29, 2011
Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual fundraising walk to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Hundreds of thousands of participants raise funds for lifesaving research and patient services.
As many of you know, I've been battling AML since November 2010. So far, I'm kicking its ass, but we still have another 18 months before we can declare victory. You can follow my story and progress here on my blog. While we are confident that I will make a full recovery, not everyone is so lucky. And even the lucky ones suffer more than you can imagine getting treatment for this horrible disease.
In the short time that I've been battling, the LLS has made an extremely positive impact on my (and my family's) life. Therefore, even though this is my first Light the Night walk, I am proud to be Salesforce.com's Team Captain for this year's walk and am on a mission to get 100 Salesforce employees to join the team and to raise $100.000 among all team members. If I can get through 4 rounds of chemo and a stem-cell-marrow transplant, you can walk!
Be sure to check this page to see the donation progress, and join the Chatter Group (coming soon) for discussion and more info.
SIGN UP AND DONATION INFO
To donate to the team, click the VIEW TEAM PAGE button in the right sidebar of this page.
To donate to an individual (which gets rolled up to the team) click on that individual's name in the right sidebar of this page.
For 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. The LLS invests in the best, outcome based science:
- Anywhere, with no geographic or institutional boundaries
- Without profit incentive
- To meet unmet Medicare needs of people with blood cancers
And 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, the LLS is saving lives.
- 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.
Of all the cancer related charities, the LLS stands out as one of the best organizations out there. In fact, in December 2010, my family and friends donated almost $1900 to the LLS via the piano fund surplus. You can read about that on this blog post.
Light the Night Team Captain and AML ass kicker,