Team Jacobsen

Bring Light to the Darkness of Cancer
Sep 22, 2017

MY DIAGNOSIS WAS A LIFE DEFINING MOMENT, 

BUT I REFUSE TO LET CANCER DEFINE MY LIFE.

 

Last September my new primary care physician said, “I noticed you haven't had a blood test in a few years.”  I had no idea it would be the beginning of my life with Leukemia.

 

The routine lab work showed an elevated white cell count. Tested again, it was still high. After a month of sleepless nights, too many scary Google searches, and a handful of appointments with specialists, I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL).

CLL is a “watch and wait” cancer; typically it is slow-growing and begins in lymphocytes in the bone marrow and extends into the blood. It can also spread to lymph nodes and organs, including the liver and spleen. I am a symptom-free 'Stage 0' patient and standard protocol is to only treat the symptoms. I’m working with an excellent specialist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Center in Boston. My prognosis is fortunate; likely years before I require any medical intervention, and my genetic profile indicates I should respond well to currently available treatment options.

 

 

 

At times it is hard to wrap my head around the fact that I have cancer. I don’t feel sick, I don’t look sick and I’m not actively treating the CLL. But it is always something that is in the back of my mind.

 

I’m sharing my story in the hopes of educating others about the importance of early detection (don’t put off those annual physicals!) and the need for continued public and private financial support of medical research for new treatments and cures.

 

The Facts

 

  • Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer.

  • Every 10 minutes someone dies.

  • Leukemia is the leading cause of cancer death of children and young adults under age 20. 

 

​What Is Light The Night? 

 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk funds life-saving research and support for people battling cancer. Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams and millions of consumers help by donating at retail outlets. These efforts culminate in inspirational, memorable evening walks in nearly two hundred communities each fall across North America. 

 

How are your dollars used? 

 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) funded research aims at helping all blood cancer patients live longer, healthier lives. We will continue to support research through our innovative and integrated funding programs, until every patient has a safe and effective therapy. Currently LLS: 

 

  • Supports research programs in the U.S., Canada, and seven other countries. 

  • Provides services including family support groups, free seminars, direct patient financial aid and co-pay assistance. 

  • Educates through our Information Resource Center. 

  • Advocates to policy makers at all levels of government.

 

​Please support us as we join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the fight to bring light to the darkness of cancer!

 

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Supporter Comments

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    "Stay strong! Thanks for educating and fundraising. "
     

    Kelly and Nate Olsson

    Fri Sep 22 05:09:41 EDT 2017

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    "Best of luck on your journey. I know you will kick ass!"
     

    Michael Bergeron

    Mon Oct 16 03:53:24 EDT 2017

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    "Cancer has nothing compared to the will and spirit of the Jacobson family. "
     

    Megan Casry

    Fri Sep 22 10:21:35 EDT 2017

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    "Addie, Violet, Josie, Meg and I are wishing you well. Have a great walk!"
     

    Brian, Meg, Addie, Violet, Josie

    Fri Sep 22 08:29:35 EDT 2017

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    "Go Todd!"
     

    Pam M

    Fri Sep 22 03:37:48 EDT 2017

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    "Stay strong! You'll beat this Toddy!"
     

    Diana George

    Fri Sep 22 01:26:43 EDT 2017

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    "Behind you 100%. We know you'll beat this buddy - GT + ME"
     

    Geoffrey Turke

    Fri Sep 22 01:12:18 EDT 2017

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    "You are a strong, solid guy. We love you and know how hard you will fight this chronic disease. "
     

    Carol Coles (me)

    Fri Sep 22 10:51:48 EDT 2017

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    "CLL has a formidable opponent in you, Todd, Erica, Cole, and Annie. We love you. Mal, Sherri, Margaret, and Max. "
     

    Sherri VandenAkker & Mal Coles

    Fri Sep 22 10:17:32 EDT 2017

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    "You got this Todd!"
     

    Sean and Jessie Reardon

    Fri Sep 22 09:50:35 EDT 2017

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    "CLL doesn't stand a chance against Team Jacobsen. We're thinking of you guys. Scott, Karen, Ethan & Carlee"
     

    Scott Davis & family

    Fri Sep 29 12:46:24 EDT 2017

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    "I'll be there with you every step of the way and walking with you on October 19th! Love you, bro!"
     

    Dara Jacobsen

    Sat Sep 23 12:26:16 EDT 2017

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    "Hugs to you."
     

    Michelle Brownlee

    Thu Dec 14 11:58:51 EST 2017

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    "Stay Strong Cuz!!!!"
     

    Scott Jacobsen

    Fri Nov 03 12:32:09 EDT 2017

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    "Go Team Jacobsen !!"
     

    Aidan & Carrie Kennedy

    Thu Oct 19 05:48:05 EDT 2017

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    "Love and Hugs. Maggie and Brian"
     

    The Hanrahan Family

    Wed Oct 18 11:05:07 EDT 2017

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    "Go get after it, Todd! My dad passed almost 14 years ago of complications from lymphoma. Use the support of your family and friends to buoy your grit and determination to help end these terrible diseases. xxxxxxx, Nancy "
     

    Nancy Lee Wilder

    Wed Oct 18 07:51:11 EDT 2017

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    "Keep fighting the good fight, Todd! Much love, Dave, Kate, & G"
     

    Kate Jacobsen

    Wed Oct 18 03:42:01 EDT 2017

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    "Thanks for sharing your story and being the best Saturday morning WOD partner around! You got this. "
     

    Meghan Mahoney

    Wed Oct 18 11:13:54 EDT 2017

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    "Thanks for sharing your story with us at Crossfit. "
     

    Peter Acton

    Tue Oct 17 09:43:55 EDT 2017

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    "Sending heartfelt support to Team Jacobson!! "
     

    Jennifer Wilson

    Tue Oct 17 11:37:17 EDT 2017

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    "fight to win"
     

    Michael Gagne

    Mon Oct 16 03:12:44 EDT 2017

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    "If there is any team that can beat this, it's the Jacobsens!"
     

    Jennifer Lewis

    Mon Oct 16 02:01:18 EDT 2017

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    "The Valianti's are 100% on Team Jacobsen!!"
     

    Carol Valianti

    Mon Oct 16 01:06:24 EDT 2017

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    "Hey Todd, I checked with Erica, and she's fine with my birthday gift for her going to this cause this year. All joking aside, this is a worthy cause and we're glad that Sales Force is behind the effort too. Love you! Carol"
     

    Carol Coles

    Thu Oct 05 11:19:58 EDT 2017

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    "We're inspired by your strength and positivity, Todd! "
     

    The Ellrotts

    Sat Sep 30 06:09:43 EDT 2017

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    "Thanks so much for raising money for this disease. I hope you reach your goal. "
     

    The Yablin Family

    Sat Sep 23 08:44:41 EDT 2017

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    "CLL should be scared... Jacobsens are in the house! Fight to win Todd!"
     

    Chris, Carrie and Jack

    Sat Sep 23 07:32:57 EDT 2017

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    "Sending luck and love to the Salesforce Boston Strong Team! Todd - Thank you for your great work every day and your efforts to support Light the Night!"
     

    Peri McDonald

    Fri Aug 18 11:24:38 EDT 2017

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $8,188.28 | Goal: $7,500.00
 
109 %

My Team

 
Team Total: $104,437.94 | Goal: $100,000.00

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My Thanks To

Salesforce.com Foundation $250.00
Salesforce.com Foundation $250.00
Anonymous $250.00
Rick Muise $250.00
Brian, Meg, Addie, Violet... $250.00
Darwin and Sonia Suelen $250.00
Alexandra Bodnar $250.00
Sherri VandenAkker & Mal ... $250.00
The Armano's $200.00
Salesforce.com Foundation $160.00
Carol Coles $148.00
Biogen Idec (MA) $100.00
Salesforce.com Foundation $100.00
Salesforce.com Foundation $100.00
Scott Jacobsen $100.00
Stu Steinberg $100.00
Kate Jacobsen $100.00
Meghan Mahoney $100.00
Anya Brunnick $100.00
Michael Bergeron $100.00
Michael Gagne $100.00
Jennifer Lewis $100.00
robert connors $100.00
Carol Valianti $100.00
Frank & Meaghan Cavallaro $100.00
Kevin & Heidi Murphy $100.00
Pamela Kustas $100.00
The Conlan Family $100.00
Nancy Fuller $100.00
Jeff Durso $100.00
Alyssa Giacobbe $100.00
Bruno and Anne Langlais $100.00
Carol Coles (me) $100.00
Michael Pilz $100.00
Lara Maher $100.00
Salesforce.com Foundation $50.00
Salesforce.com Foundation $50.00
Salesforce.com Foundation $50.00
Bryson Coles $50.00
Kathleen Patton $50.00
Erin Gilmartin $50.00
Melissa Janvrin $50.00
Jake & Meagan King $50.00
ME Maher $50.00
The Ellrotts $50.00
Kelly Marshall and Gerry ... $50.00
Scott Davis & family $50.00
Tracie Kacmarcik $50.00
Moriah Lucy $50.00
Chris, Carrie and Jack $50.00
Megan Casry $50.00
Mark Christie $50.00
Bobby & Amy Wilson $50.00
The Luck Family $50.00
Diana George $50.00
Geoffrey Turke $50.00
Jeanne & Tim Kelleher $50.00
James Cowhig $50.00
Adam Proto $50.00
Brian and Emily Roster $50.00
Christopher Halpin $50.00
Peri McDonald $50.00
Colleen Fallon $30.00
Sierra Gitlin $30.00
Aidan & Carrie Kennedy $30.00
Dara Jacobsen $30.00
Nicole Gurrisi $30.00
Kelly and Nate Olsson $30.00
Janet Powers $30.00
mark breslauer $30.00
Billy Dunn-Pilz $30.00
Sean and Jessie Reardon $30.00
Alison Tirone $25.00
Salesforce.com Foundation $11.36
Salesforce.com Foundation $8.84
Salesforce.com Foundation $7.81
Salesforce.com Foundation $6.49
Salesforce.com Foundation $2.01
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Salesforce.com Foundation $0.39
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Michelle Brownlee  
The Hanrahan Family  
Nancy Lee Wilder  
Peter Acton  
Melissa Gagnon  
Jennifer Wilson  
Neville Family  
The Palermino Family  
The Yablin Family  
Michelle Brownlee  
Christina Rawson  
Pam M  
Tom Mettling  
The Jacobsens