My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Feb 22, 2019

Welcome to My Light The Night Fundraising Page


Why I Walk: Click above for a short video

After a valiant fight, my sister Patti succumbed to complications of Non Hodgkin Lymphoma and a bone marrow transplant in July of 2008. But she survived for over 10 years and lived a happy, loving, and productive life. There is no better way for me to honor my sister's memory than by participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma's "Light The Night" Walk in Denver on September 26, 2019, in Washington Park.  Please join my team by coming out to walk or making a donation.  Simply click on the "Donate Now" button to the right.


My Sister Patti and I!

Patti (left) and Debra (right) with puppy dog Queenie


Why I Walk: Meet Connor McGoff Who is a True WARRIOR!

Connor is an 8 year old boy. He loves animals (especially dogs), Star Wars, superheroes (Hulk is his favorite), and playing outside on the swing set, like many kids his age. Unlike many kids his age, however, Connor has been fighting leukemia nearly his whole life. He was diagnosed at just 19 months old, fought hard, and went into remission after more than 3 years of really tough treatment. Unfortunately he relapsed in early 2017. He fought hard, again, this time with the help of his amazing sister, Chloe, who donated her bone marrow to help her little brother. And despite all of this, Connor recently relapsed again and is now on his third fight. The difference this time around is that he will be the 6th patient at Children's Hospital Colorado to receive something called CAR-T Cell Therapy. This is a treatment that was funded by LLS more than 20 years ago, and was approved by the FDA in 2017. We are hoping that this is going to finally fight off "the bad guys", as Connor calls his leukemia. The fact that LLS funded this research, and now it is being used to treat this little boy is WHY I WALK. We need to continue to support LLS because I believe the next life-saving idea is out there, and we need to fund the research and save lives. 


Why I Walk: In Memory of my Sister Patti:

My sister Patti and my Dad, helped to start the first walk in Denver back in 1999.  That year, the walk raised a litle over $57,000.  Last year, the walk raised $1.45 million and became the 5th largest walk in the country.  This event became Patti's passion because it provided her with a tangible way to help blood cancer patients and their families facing the fear and anxiety of cancer and treatment. Patti also knew that only through millions of dollars raised could important research to find a cure continue.


An Upate on How Your Dollars are Used:  To date, LLS has invested more than $1.2 billion in research to advance break-through cancer treatments like the one Connor is about to recieve.  In the last two years, 39 new blood cancer treatments were approved by the FDA., 34 of which were funded by LLS.  Last year, our local chapter distributed more than $1.2 million in co-pay assistance to local patients to help them afford life-saving treatments. 

Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program:  My family has created a foundation honoring Patti's work and commitment to LLS called the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program. From her diagnosis in 1997 until her death in 2008, much of what Patti strived to do was connect other cancer patients to resouces and offered support.  This program continues to grow every year by making connections between a cancer patient and their family with a volunteer that can offer support and connect them to community resources.  Find out more at

Your support will help find a cure for blood cancer. "Bring light to the darkness of cancer!"  Please come and join my family by walking in Denver's event on Thursday, September 26, 2019 or by making a donation.
Together, we can continue making a difference in the lives of blood cancer patients here in Colorado and around the world. Thank you again for your support.
Your generosity is truly appreciated!!
With gratitude and from the bottom of my hear,


My Fundraising Total

Raised: $1,250.00 | Goal: $15,000.00
8 %

My Team

Team Total: $3,000.00 | Goal: $50,000.00

Make a Donation

Join Debra Robinson in the Mission to wipe out blood cancer:

 Titanium $1,000.00
 Platinum $500.00
 Gold $250.00
 Silver $100.00
 Super $50.00
 Star $30.00
 Other $

My Thanks To

Barry Hirschfeld $250.00