My "Cancer to Cured" Fundraising Page

Let's Take a Step Together to a World Without Cancer!
Jan 21, 2019

Please help me reach our BIG 2018 goal...
...and let's save more lives together

(Deadline to help us reach our goal is January 31, 2019!)

Hi! Chris Zavadowski here! Several years ago my Dad, Rich Zavadowski, was diagnosed with a very rare, very aggressive lymphoma (called peripheral t-cell lymphoma, unspecified). Unfortunately, because this type of blood cancer is so rare, doctors around the world simply don't know enough for effective, standardized treatment.

It was a scary time, because four out of five people who get his cancer die within five years (many much sooner).

But the good news is, my Dad was accepted into a research protocol at the NIH's National Cancer Institute. And because of the research my Dad participated in, not only was he part of helping doctor's move one step closer to a cure, but as of March 13, 2014, his doctors declared him CURED! 

"CURED!" = The word every cancer patient wants to hear. 

"CURED!" = The word MY own dad, Richard A. Zavadowski, finally heard from his NIH lymphoma doctors. Almost 6 years after the diagnosis of his very rare, very aggressive blood cancer (a cancer that still has NO standard effective treatment), the scans were done. No more "remission". No more "cancer-free". Just annual blood work and "CURED!"

And this year - we celebrate his TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY of being cancer-free!

Imagine hearing your dad has a cancer that kills 4 out of 5 people who get it. A cancer that still has no standard effective treatment. Then imagine you get to hear the blessed word we heard this year. Fact is, not many people who get what my dad had get to hear the great news we just did (yet). Thanks to amazing cancer research that WORKS (support it at on this page!) and amazing medical care, and amazing family & friends...progress is being made!

Plus, my Mom, Mary Ann Zavadowski, is also a breast cancer survivor. Thanks to cutting edge medical science, she is now celebrating her 17th year cancer-free. To say all of this is a blessing would be an understatement. :-)

We have several other amazing cancer survivors on our team, and unfortunately also have lost team members to this terrible disease so our work isn't done.

Honestly, we've all been touched my cancer in some way, and truth is, the fight against cancer is still raging on. Which is why we're asking for YOUR help to make sure this valuable research continues, and to celebrate this important milestone for our family and friends! That's why I'm heavily involved with "Light the Night", the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual evening walk and fundraising event to pay tribute and bring hope to those battling cancer.

This year, I have another big goal and need YOUR help to reach it and save lives!

For the last seven years, having raised over $194,000, we have been one of the top family & friends team for our entire Washingon DC region, and this year, with your help, we're doing it again -- and joining in with hundreds of thousands of others around the globe to 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, they have more than $250 million committed to research across the United States and in ten other countries. Every dollar is provided by concerned donors. We invest in the best, outcome based science:

  • Anywhere, with no geographic or institutional boundaries
  • Without profit incentive
  • To meet unmet medical needs of people with blood cancers

So how can you help support these life-saving endeavors? Glad you asked! :) Here's the easiest way to support "Team Zavadowski"...

Please donate on this page by clicking "Donate Now" on the right-hand side. ANY amount makes a difference, and you'll join hundreds of thousands of people supporting this all-important event! Plus if you are around October 20...we'd love to have you join us for the DC Walk too!

Kind in mind, LLS funded advances are helping patients beyond those for whom they were originally developed, including people with solid tumors and auto-immune diseases. In the past decade, nearly 50% (19 out of 39) of the cancer drugs approved by the FDA were approved as treatments for blood cancer patients. Twelve are already approved for people beyond those for whom they were first developed. With your help, we are saving lives.

  • 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.

Remember, we all know someone who has been affected by cancer. With "Light the Night", it's our chance to "walk the talk" and make a difference.

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!

Let's make my family's survival story a reality for thousands of others! It sure feels good to make a REAL impact, doesn't it? :)

Thank you!


Supporter Comments

    "Every dollar makes a difference! Thank you for sharing your Light the Night event. I will definitely spread the word. Elizabeth was a neighbor across the street with kids that were my kids ages. I miss her dearly and am proud to join your cause. Thank you "Light the Night" and Chris Zavadowski <3 "

    Pam Bessler Phillips

    Sun Oct 07 07:03:34 EDT 2018

    "Thanks for all your hard work fighting this awful disease!"

    The Ringolds

    Fri Dec 21 10:02:56 EST 2018

    "Burn that cancer down"

    Burning Widgets

    Tue Dec 18 07:06:58 EST 2018

    "Thanks Chris for everything you do for this cause!"

    Mike Geary

    Tue Dec 18 12:54:32 EST 2018

    "Thanks for your dedication to such a worthy cause, Chris!"

    Craig and Danette Collins

    Mon Dec 10 06:53:33 EST 2018

    "This year our dear friend Alicia lost her father, Donald Henzi to lung cancer. We will be missing the walk this year as we will be celebrating Don's life with her family and friends. Love, -robin and Kelley- "

    Robin Smith

    Tue Oct 16 11:36:30 EDT 2018

    "Thanks for everything you do for this cause and for so many other people, Chris!"

    Mike McClary

    Tue Sep 25 12:03:43 EDT 2018

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $5,891.11 | Goal: $5,000.00
118 %

My Team

Team Total: $13,231.11 | Goal: $15,000.00

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My Thanks To

Mike Geary $1111.11
Mike McClary $1000.00
Joseph Foley $750.00
Chris Zavadowski $500.00
Craig and Danette Collins $500.00
Jeff Johnson $250.00
The Ringolds $250.00
scott thompson $250.00
joe spano $250.00
Debra & George Godfrey $100.00
Alana Ray $50.00
Diane Johnston  
Barry Dunlop  
Rodney Middleton  
Ashley Rollins  
Burning Widgets  
Jeff Mulligan  
Dale Walsh  
Pam Bessler Phillips  
Robin Smith