Oct 21, 2011 by Stefania & Razvan Chirita
We just want to say "Thank you!" for supporting Team Remembering Raluca at the Light The Night Walk in Palo Alto. We are grateful for your generosity in supporting our fundraising efforts. For those of you who were able to also join us this past Saturday, we also thank you for taking the time to walk with us.
As you might already know from the this page, we not only reached our goal, but exceeded it! And donations continued to be made even after the walk! Your donation will support research efforts for more advanced treatments and finding a cure, offering even better services to patients battling blood cancers, and ultimately bringing back hope in their life and their families and friends.
One little note...At the walk we have been asked "why orange for the badges and lanyards"? Orange has been chosen as the "official" color representing leukemia and the orange ribbon (and other items bearing this color) is worn as a symbol for leukemia awareness.
We hope next year we will have the strength to bring back Team Remembering Raluca at the Light The Night Walk fundraising event.
Thank you all again for your support!
Stefania & Razvan Chirita
Sep 19, 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.
According to the NCI, about one third of all childhood cancers are leukemias. The relative contribution of leukemia to the total childhood cancer burden varies markedly with age, being 17% in the first year of life, increasing to 46% for 2 and 3 year olds, and then decreasing to 19% for 19 year olds. In children younger than 5, ALL represents about 80% of all leukemias, while AML accounts for only 14%. When getting to even more details, the AML-M7 subtype that our beloved Raluca was diagnosed with, represents approximately 1% of all leukemias during childhood and has an incidence of 0.5 per million per year.
While the actual numbers might seem low, when YOUR CHILD is diagnosed with such a terrible disease, this becomes one too frequent of an illness.
We remember Raluca’s strength and the brave little baby she was in the fight with this grievous disease. We thought of this fundraising walk as a great way to honor and cherish her memory once more. In less than two weeks, on October 1st, our Raluca Anamaria would have turned 2….
With hope for the discovery of new treatments and to support those affected by this disease, we invite you to participate in the Light the Night Walk by joining us for the walk or making a donation. Please feel free to forward this information to others. Every little contribution will help.
For more than 60 years, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has been solely focused on people with blood cancers. Presently, we have more than $250 million committed to research across the United States and in ten other countries. Every dollar is provided by concerned donors.
- 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.
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 help save lives. Be sure to check our team Web site frequently to see our progress, and thanks for your support!