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Welcome to our Team's Homepage
Aug 21, 2014

Welcome to our Light The Night Walk Team Fundraising Page

When The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk funds treatments that save lives, it's all due to people like you. Without your efforts LLS could not provide these lifesaving treatments. LLS really is making cures happen with your help.

Check out this video to see what they are doing to FIND A CURE.

Aon Risk Services has chosen to support this cause for many reasons, one of which being a former employeee, Karen Skarupa, is still fighting this disease.  Karen is here today because of research funded by LLS, and we can't wait for the day where she can hear the words YOU ARE CURED.

We are walking in honor of Karen Skarupa, a wonderful lady that we've all had the pleasure of working with. Karen was gracious enough to share her story, please read below:

January 2010 felt a small pea size lump on the right side of my neck.

February 2010 went to ENT that did a needle biopsy. They reported that it was benign. Great news for me, except that the lump kept growing. (Listen to your own body.).

March 2010 the lump grew to the size of an egg. Went to another ENT who scheduled surgery to remove the lump.

April 2010 surgery done and lump removed. This ENT sent to 3 pathologists (2 in Greenville and 1 in NY). All reported that it was mantle cell lymphoma, a rare form of non-Hodgkin's.

May 2010 appointment made with Dr. Gluck at the GHS Cancer Institute. Cancer staged at 3, which meant it was under both armpits and in pelvic area. He explained the types of treatment available. Opted for the most aggressive, which was Hyper-CVAD chemotherapy. This meant that for 1 week, I was in the hospital receiving chemo and the next 3 weeks at home to recoup. This was repeated for 4 months. Lost all my hair and a lot of weight. There was also a tiredness that I do not even know how to describe.

May 2010 went out on disability from Aon Risk Services.

September 2010. To continue the next part of this treatment plan, I had a stem cell transplant (using my own cells) that was overseen by Dr. Fanning.

October 2010 to January 2011 continued with chemo, office visits, bone marrow tests and PET scans.

I've been in remission now for 4 years, and am thankful to be able to document my journey. I used to joke with my friends and say that I was going to get a t-shirt made that on the front said "I survived a hemorrhaged brain aneurysm" and on the back state "Only to be diagnosed with cancer". Keeping my sense of humor and a positive attitude has been critical in my journey. This is the 4th year I've participated in the Light The Night Walk, I encourage you to donate, share my story, and/or join our team!

So, how can you help?!

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 over two hundred communities each fall across North America.

Please join our team's effort today by registering to walk or by making a donation. Your participation in the Light The Night Walk will save lives today. Be sure to check our team Web site frequently to see our progress, and thanks for your support!

Team Name Subteam Walk Site Date Team Captain City/State  
Team Karen supported by Aon   BMW Performance Center 09/25/14 Karen Skarupa Greer, SC  

Supporter Comments

    "Your courage and humor in the face of adversity is an inpsiration. You are loved and admired by many. Take care my friend."

    Pat and John Comerford

    Wed Sep 24 08:48:41 EDT 2014

Team Fundraising Total

Goal: $10,000.00
40 %
Donations: $3,961.00

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

Thanks To

Pat and John Comerford