My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Oct 26, 2017

Welcome to my Light The Night Walk Fundraising Page

When Sam was diagnosed with lymphoma in February 2013 our family, friends and UU church community surrounded us with love and support. The doctors and nurses at Mass General in Boston and at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD used every known and experimental treatment in trying to save our 22 year old son's beautiful life. Sam died at home on January 15, 2014 with Bryan, Rebecca, Molly and me holding him. 

The time now lived without him has been a challenge for me and those who loved Sam.  Sam's ease, perpetual positivity, live now attitude, constant smile and sense of humor are difficult to live without, yet we must wake up each morning and honor him by living well as best we can.

While losing Sam still seems an unimaginable reality, we can imagine that one day families won't face the same reality. A cure will be found. Sam bravely participated in two clinical trials. One was a targeted therapy to seek out cancer cells and kill them using Sam's own immune system. Though the treatment could not stop the relentless progession of the disease the researchers learned valuable information about it. On Oct 19, the day of the walk, the FDA approved the very same cell-therapy developed from the trial. It has taken 2 decades and $40 million from LLS to reach this point. 

In love and gratitude,  Debra

Supporter Comments

    "In memory of my grandson Sma on Team Grad's 5th Light the Night Walk."

    Joan Stone - Sam's Grandma

    Sun Nov 05 03:40:56 EST 2017

    "In memory of Sam, with love from Lynn, Jonathan, Naomi and Ellie. "

    Lynn and Jonathan corp

    Fri Oct 13 12:26:14 EDT 2017

    " Memory of my treasured nephew, auntie Elaine "

    Elaine Virgo

    Wed Oct 18 06:33:04 EDT 2017

    "Each month a group of wonderful woman, members of the Winsley, Wiltshire, U.K. Women's Institute, meet at Sam's Grandma's house. They offer friendship and humor as they create beautiful items.This donation is given by them as an expression of their support for my mum, Sam's grandma. Thank you all - Love Debra "

    The Winsley Woman's Institute Crafting Group

    Mon Mar 27 01:37:31 EDT 2017

    "I am donating in celebration of the day Sam was born 26 years ago. Your smile and easygoing nature is missed everyday, but remembered with love. Your Grandma. "Whatever!""

    Joan Stone, Sam's Grandma

    Mon Jun 26 04:19:21 EDT 2017

    "Sam will always hold a special place in our hearts. Karen and Peter Darnell "

    Karen Darnell

    Tue Jun 27 05:27:43 EDT 2017

    "In honor and memory of Sam. "

    jeanne thompson

    Fri Sep 22 01:48:58 EDT 2017

    "Hope this helps a worthy cause Bubba and Poppa"

    Sol Sonenshine

    Tue Sep 26 12:23:13 EDT 2017

    "ALWAYS #TeamGrad"

    Patrick Morse

    Mon Oct 02 04:43:49 EDT 2017

    "Miss you buddy <3"

    Mike Grip

    Tue Oct 03 09:41:53 EDT 2017

    "I look at Sam's picture every day in my office and remember what a special person and grandson he was. He is a continuing reminder to me to think of others and to be thankful that he was a part of my life for 22 years and is still a part of my life...Grandpa Burt"

    Burton Grad

    Fri Sep 29 09:35:20 EDT 2017

    "with love"

    Niamh Sweetnam

    Fri Sep 22 05:30:55 EDT 2017

    "Rebecca, Bryan and I send love and thanks to all who help us fund a cure. "

    Debra Grad

    Fri Sep 22 11:54:59 EDT 2017

    "Thinking of Sam and your whole family and praying for a cure."

    The Grip family

    Sun Sep 24 08:49:32 EDT 2017

    "Remembering your wonderful Sam on his birthday! With love, Joe,Karen, Chris and Courtney Mario"

    The Mario Family

    Fri Jun 16 02:15:27 EDT 2017

    "Sending love and light to your entire team!"

    Diana and Ron Keohane

    Thu Sep 28 10:36:08 EDT 2017


    Laura Nutter

    Fri Sep 22 12:01:59 EDT 2017

    "go team Grad!"

    Lynn and Dennis

    Fri Oct 13 08:33:33 EDT 2017

    "Thinking of all of you. Always thinking of Sam and his inspiration to live life to its fullest."

    Ken, Coby and Sam Heller

    Sat Oct 14 09:39:22 EDT 2017

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $5,647.34 | Goal: $6,500.00
87 %

My Team

Team Total: $15,546.00 | Goal: $20,000.00

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

My Thanks To

Debra Grad $1000.00
Nancy and Len Schiavone $500.00
Kirk & Linda Ware $250.00
Ellen Martins $250.00
Karen Darnell $250.00
Ken, Coby and Sam Heller $100.00
Katz Family $100.00
Joan & Dennis Keane $100.00
Rev. Ellen Spero $100.00
Burton Grad $100.00
Irina Berlin & Eliot Maye... $100.00
William Newhard $100.00
Adele Makow $100.00
Laura Nutter $100.00
Bill Drury $100.00
The Winsley Woman's Insti... $100.00
Elaine Virgo $66.00
YourCause - Pfizer Founda... $50.00
Joan Stone - Sam's Grandm... $50.00
Lynn and Jonathan corp $50.00
Lisa Calvo $50.00
The Woodward Family $50.00
Diana and Ron Keohane $50.00
Gail Pickering $50.00
Sol Sonenshine $50.00
Jayne Boissonneault $50.00
Mary Ellen Lacina $50.00
jeanne thompson $50.00
Joan Stone, Sam's Grandma $50.00
Patrick Morse $30.00
Linda Horn + Peter Mellis... $30.00
Niamh Sweetnam $30.00
Firstlight Power Resource...  
Russell-Benoit family  
Doug and Andrea Long  
Lynn and Dennis  
the purcell family  
Leila Pelosi  
Lewis Virgo  
Aggie Brennan  
Charlie Sheridan  
Martha Hicks-Courant  
Virginia Adams  
Phyllis & Glenn King  
Mike Grip  
Nancy & Bill Meyer  
sandra jordan  
The Grip family  
Karen McKenna  
Katherine Hicks-Courant  
The Mario Family