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Aug 28, 2013
Welcome to our Light The Night Walk Team homepage!
Friends and Family,
Exactly a year ago from this weekend I remember being in the most anxious and worried state I had ever been. On that Thursday I had a biopsy and on that Monday I would find out whether or not I had cancer. I remember trying to enjoy the weekend in the city with friends, but just being nervous the entire time knowing that would be the last “normal” weekend I would have for a while. That Monday, as I expected, I found out that I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and that I would start my ABVD chemotherapy treatment within two weeks. My life would never be the same again.
I would not change this experience for anything. I have an appreciation of life that not many people have. I appreciate the feeling of being able to breathe easy and being able to drink water without a bad taste in my mouth. I look forward to my 6:42am alarm that goes off every morning, knowing that I get to go to work. I never take for granted the Thursdays I can have a real smile, rather than a brave smile during chemo. Overall, I value life. My life.
The friendships and relationships that I have made along the way have been unreal. Friendships that were lost after childhood were rebuilt and family feuds were mended. There have been countless amounts of people who have referred to me as an “inspiration” and shared stories with me about how my facebook posts have helped them overcome something in their lives. Today I speak with people my age who are going through treatments to show them that they can beat cancer. The feeling of succeeding in that alone is well worth anything I went through. I’ve found my purpose.
I want to thank my friends and family for helping me along the way. My mom who is my angel and stood by my through me by my darkest hours to help shed light on me, never leaving my bedside. Who saw me at my worst but built me up to feel my absolute best. The one who I know took it the hardest, but never showed it. My father who allowed himself to cry and not be so tough all the time. Who told me that I “saved his life” and changed him forever. Who bought me the most beautiful wig and the best dog in the world just to make me happy. My sister who put together an amazing scrapbook for me and always made me feel beautiful. My grandparents who came to chemo with me and all my aunts /uncles / cousins who never lost touch. My best friends who truly stepped up during this time, skipping work to come to chemo with me or helping me take care of my puppy when I couldn’t. My best friend who had to continue to cut my hair even as I was hysterical. All the text messages and packages I received daily. All of those who do not even know me well but reached out to me and donated. My family members and friends who fundraised so hard and get us to that number. My doctors, my nurses… The list could go on.
All of these lessons and emotions were taught to me through my association with the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. As many of you know while I was sick last year I fundraised in less than two months. And in that short amount of time my team Christina’s Crusaders raised nearly $30,000.00 making us the Rookie of the Year and second highest fundraising team in Westchester. Not only that, but I was also awarded one of the few Honored Patient recognitions for 2013. This past year I have made many speeches at events for LLS, even while I was sick. I share my story with others in hope that a real life scenario will spark an interest for them to donate. One of the highlights was when I spoke at Colonial Elementary School for the kids in their Pennies for Patients Rally. I will be speaking at the Light the Night event at Rye Playland on November 2nd as well! I am also the coordinator of a new Westchester high school group that will plan fundraisers for the rest of the year.
This will be the first year that I fundraise and am in remission- YES REMISSION AS OF APRIL 12, 2013!! This is a huge milestone for me and my Crusaders. It will be hard to top last year, but I know that we can do it. Please send this link to all family members, friends, share it on your facebook page. We can do it! People want to help you just have to show them how. Don’t be afraid! My chemo process could have been a lot worse, but I know that the research from LLS is what made it better. Years ago people suffered a lot worse than I did. And I can only hope that years from now somebody can say the same thing about themselves. I owe my life to those who dedicate their lives to research. And I want to help make future cancer patients lives even easier during that process.
It’s not the amount of money you raise, but the level of awareness that counts. And if you can’t contribute financially, join us at our walk or just keep us and all those facing cancer in your thoughts and prayers, because every thought, word, kind and generous act, means more than you could possibly know.
We are almost there - Someday is today.
SAVE THE DATE:
November 2, 2013
CASH AND CHECKS CAN BE SENT TO:
262 Drake Avenue
New Rochelle NY 10805
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.
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.
- A donation of $30 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.