Welcome to our Team's Homepage

Welcome to our Team's Homepage
Sep 02, 2014

One Step @ A Time

Hi there! My name is Katelyn Spence. Those who are viewing this might already know me and know a little about my journey, but in case you don't; here is a little background.

Just weeks after my 25th birthday, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). My life was changed in a matter of seconds. At the time of my diagnosis, I was working as a Registered Nurse in the Newborn ICU and attending graduate school at Quinnipiac University. My life changed dramatically when I had to start extensive chemotherapy and radiation for my leukemia. I went from leading an active life, to being homebound with my home away from home being Smilow. While I felt like my world was being turned upside down, I still had goals. The day I was diagnosed I said I would walk across the stage at graduation, and that I did. I then went on to complete my clinical hours and received my diploma in October. I have since passed my boards and work as an APRN in Hematology/Oncology. While I have accomplished many goals, I still have an uphill battle to fight. I continue to receive maintenance chemotherapy and visit Smilow weekly. I also have ongoing side effects from my chemotherapy. I continue to take everything one step @ a time and I am very fortunate of how far I have come. To learn more about my journey follow my blog at: katelynspence.blogspot.com.

On October 18, 2014 I will be walking in Light The Night. This is my second year participating in the event. It is truly an amazing event and it is my goal to increase awareness of blood cancers. It's critical to increase awareness because I've learned first hand that cancer doesn't discriminate. It affects everyone; every gender, race, and age. Not only does it impact the individual battling the cancer, it change the lives of those closest to them.

While increasing awareness, it's my goal to raise money to change someone's life that's been impacted by blood cancer. I'm very fortunate to have an amazing support system and access to numerous resources. Many people affected by blood cancers are not as fortunate as I am. I hope that my story has shown you that you never know where life will take you or when. Like myself, there are millions around the world with a unique story. Please help me reach my goal of $5,000. I was honored and amazed by the donations last year. I was able to raise close to $10,000! No donation is too small. I greatly appreciate your help in reaching my goal. Just like my journey with ALL, I cannot do this alone, so THANK YOU for your help!

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Bob Marley

Team Name Subteam Walk Site Date Team Captain City/State  
One Step @ a Time   Lighthouse Point Park 10/18/14 Katelyn Spence New Haven, CT  

Supporter Comments

    "Best wishes!"


    Wed Sep 10 08:50:19 EDT 2014

    "Good luck to the One Step At A Time team!"

    Sharon & L.J. Arnold

    Thu Sep 18 02:14:07 EDT 2014

    "One day there will be a cure. Let's try to schedule it early."

    Martin Braid

    Thu Sep 18 02:24:45 EDT 2014

    "We are so sad that we can't make the walk this year :( You're a star and we love you! Alison & Dave "

    Alison & Dave McGrath

    Wed Oct 01 03:54:36 EDT 2014

    "Happy Trails!"

    Gwen Haggett

    Thu Oct 09 09:51:58 EDT 2014

    "Katelyn, you are a strong woman who has accomplished a lot. I keep you and Chris in my heart and in my prayers. Cheryl Potter"

    Cheryl Potter

    Fri Oct 17 08:35:55 EDT 2014

    "I love your attitude"

    Richard Thomson

    Thu Sep 18 12:49:20 EDT 2014

Team Fundraising Total

Goal: $5,000.00
112 %
Donations: $5,625.00
Sponsorship: $500.00
Grand Total: $6,125.00

Donate to our Team

We are sorry donations are no longer being accepted for this team for this event.

Thanks To

Unspecified Donor $1485.00
Unspecified Donor $575.00
Richard Thomson $100.00
The Tackling's $100.00
Brush Family $50.00
Rob&jen Roban $50.00
Alison & Dave McGrath $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Martin Braid $50.00
Atif Faruqui $50.00
Laura Ringer $50.00
Rebecca St. Louis $50.00
Brian Brozyna $30.00
Barbara Campagna $30.00
Sarah Berard $25.00
Kimberly Guerra $25.00
Jason Traylor $25.00
Cheryl Potter  
Sam & Lori  
Gwen Haggett  
Sharon & L.J. Arnold  
Suzanne Murphy