My Fundraising Page
Oct 16, 2012
I am participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Walk in San Jose on Saturday, October 20, and I would like to ask for your support.
As you may know, my friend Austen Everett recently lost her four-year battle with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I had only just met Austen when I started working for the Earthquakes last year - but she made an incredible impression on me from the first time we hung out. She was confident, beautiful, caring and funny. She had played Division One soccer at Miami University and was one of the best goalies in the country. She had an incredible love story with her boyfriend Matt and they started the Austen Everett Foundation to not only raise money for the fight against cancer but to also team up athletes with the children to help empower them during their own personal fight.
Austen would come to Earthquakes games wearing her wigs, but I'll never forget the time she came to our End of the Year Season Ticket Holder event proudly bearing her bald head. She looked fierce! After beating cancer once, I thought for sure she could do it again when Matt told me she had to start treatment again. That was in February. Austen lost her battle with cancer in August, 2012.
Light The Night is a special night, celebrating and commemorating lives - like Austen's - touched by cancer. Hundreds of thousands of participants raise funds for lifesaving research and patient services.
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. We invest 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, we are 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.
Please make a donation to support my participation in the Light The Night Walk and help save lives. Be sure to check my Web site frequently to see my progress, and thanks for your support!