My Fundraising Page
Oct 27, 2013
SEPTEMBER 6, 2013:
Just about 2 weeks until the Light the Night Walk. We've raised almost $7000.00 towards our goal of $10,000. (Funds outstanding have been calculated into totals). Our biggest fundraiser, Dinner & Auction, is coming up and we hope to come close to our $10,000 goal!!
For myself, fundraising for the Luekemia Lymphoma Society has been inspired by many people, most importantly a very dear friend who passed away when we were only 16, Eugene Emilio Torres. Eugene was the first boy I ever fell for and to this day I think of him often. I remember vividly the day Eugen died of Leukemia and his sister called to tell me. Remembering that day36 years ago, tears still stream down my face. Eugene will always be in my heart.
And now, 36 years later, the man who I fell for and married 30 years ago, has been diagnosed with Leukemia. Somehow I never thought that my first crush and the love of my life would have this in common. So friends, please donate and help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society find a cure for these blood cancers. In memory of Eugene and for those of you who know someone who is struggling, survived or someone in your own memory, please donate in their name.
I thank you and my children thank you.
Rose Messina Jacobi
A Chance Meeting
Did you ever see someone who you thought looked so familiar that you had to approach them to see where you might know them from? Well I had that same experience just last August. My son and I were on the elevator at Seattle Children’s Hospital with another Mom and her son. We said hello and every now and then she would catch me or I would catch her looking at me. We got off the elevator and that was it. Until, we met up again on another floor. I had to know where I knew her from. That’s how familiar she looked. She said the same about me and was wondering too. We went through all the possibilities of where we may have met. Nothing. We said our goodbyes and that it was nice meeting each other. My son and I left the hospital and I had one more thought. I turned my car around and went back to find them. They were exactly where we left them. I asked her if she was connected to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She looked down at her then 4 year old son and said, “No, not yet we were just diagnosed with Lymphoma.” That would explain the blank look on her face when I found her in that same spot. Her eyes filled with tears and we sat and talked and cried for quite some time. At that point I knew we were destined to meet.
Recently I wrote to Roberta letting her know how much I admire her. This was meant to be personal, but I believe it is appropriate for this forum.
Dear Roberta, 5/2/2013
I was just looking at the photos of you and your family. It made me realize that there was a reason I had to meet you when I saw you and Edan on that elevator. You have an aura, or something like that!, about you that shows your beauty inside and out. It's hard to put into words, but I believe people should be told when they make even the smallest difference in someones life. I see you as being one of the kindest, most caring, honest and REAL people I've met in a long time. I'm impressed with your attitude and your writings of how beautiful life is under such cruel circumstances. We both understand how when something so ugly comes into our lives, how beautiful what we have becomes. Our priorities change and our outlook changes. We become more aware and more grateful. I only wish the world could experience this without having to go through a challenge like you've been dealt. Thank you for coming into my life and sharing that light.
We should all follow Roberta’s example and find the beauty in what may be the ugliest thing you’ve ever encountered. Edan could have lost his childhood from this ugly disease, but he didn’t. As far as I can see, he is having the time of his life. But we need to make sure that continues for many, many more years. With that, I need your help. Let’s find a cure for these horrible blood cancers and make sure no one else need suffer like Edan and his family.
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!