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Today We Walk
Oct 18, 2012 by Kate Allen

Today we walk

In honor of Jared Weber

In memory of Molly Bee

In honor of Justin Estrada

In honor of Floyd Gottsman

In memory of Eugene Gottsman

In honor of Harold Roitman

In memory of Tim Ward

And in honor and memory of all those who have or had blood cancer.

May our steps tonight lead us closer to the cures that will honor the precious ones who have gone and aid the beloved ones who continue the fight.

Amen. Amein. Amin. May It Be So. Blessed Be.

Aug 05, 2012 by Kate Allen

Last month the littlest member of the team held her first raffle and garnered $130 in donations! The raffle prize was a gift basket from a local coffee shop in Berkeley--many thanks to Brewed Awakening for making this raffle possible!

This month, we're hosting a new raffle, and this time the raffle prize comes from an artisan who went to high school with Captain Kate! Jill K. Davis (of jillkdavisjewelry.com) designs and produces all her own jewelry, and she's offered one of her necklaces to entice all you fine people out there to make a donation in pursuit of cures for all blood cancers!

Here's the necklace:

And the details about the raffle may be found here:


Please consider making a donation. It only takes a dollar, and every dollar counts. :)

Jumpin' and Jivin' with Molly!
Jun 18, 2012 by Kate Allen

Molly who? Molly Bee!

That's right--this walk team will be honoring Jared, of course, but it will also be honoring/remembering any team member or donor who wishes to share the story of their own (or a loved one's) battle with blood cancer. Mike and Anastasia are the son and granddaughter, respectively, of Molly Bee, a woman who rose to fame in her early teens for her rendition of "I Saw Mommy Kissin' Santa Claus." Molly suffered from lymphoma, a condition that led to the complications surrounding her death in 2009. We're proud to remember and honor Molly.

Anastasia particularly prefers to dance to this song of Gummy's (i.e. Grandma Molly's).

If you'd like to honor or remember someone you know who has/had blood cancer, please leave a comment with their story, and consider joining the team (click "Walk with us" above) and/or making a donation.

Jun 14, 2012 by Kate Allen

What do you need to know in order to join this Light the Night team? Here are a few bullet-points to help you figure out whether Light the Night is an awesome fit for you.

1. Light the Night Teams have three focuses, in my experience: a) telling the stories of those we love who have or had blood cancer, b) raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to fund researchers who seek cures for the various kinds of blood cancer, and c) joining together with thousands of other people who are doing A and B to walk two miles together with, in honor of, and/or in memory of those we know who survive or have died from blood cancer.

2. The above being said, signing up for the team doesn't present you with an obligation to do anything. You can participate in as much or as little of each of these aspects of the team as you're comfortable with. In particular, unlike LLS's Team in Training program, you won't be required to raise a minimum amount of money for LLS. Every aspect is encouraged and optional.

3. You can live anywhere in the world and participate on the Jumpin' and Jivin' with Jared Light the Night Team. Much of our interaction as teammates last year was virtual until the night of the Walk because we were all so spread apart. That being said, real-life interaction, where possible, will certainly take place before the Walk. It all depends on who shows up for the team. :)

4. Back to the fundraising question: how much does LLS recommend each team member to raise? LLS has incentives for raising various amounts both as individuals and as whole teams, as well as for raising money within certain timeframes. The minimum they ask team members to consider raising is $100--every member who raises that amount will receive a Light the Night t-shirt, a Light the Night specially lit balloon, and food/drink for the journey on the night of the Walk. There are additional incentives for raising $1,000 or more as well. As team captain, I'd encourage each member to consider setting a goal of $1,000 or more as a challenge to her/himself.

5. What can you expect from me as team captain? A whole lot of support and encouragement in regular individual and team communications, as well as encouragement to tell your story/ies of loved ones you know/have known with blood cancer. Among my other talents, I make a gosh-darn good cheerleader, and I'll do whatever I can to make this an outstanding experience for you. I'm at your service. :)

6. What are my hopes as team captain? That everyone will have an illuminating time, will learn a whole lot about blood cancer and what's being done to fight it, and will hear stories of blood cancer survivors and be inspired to do something more because of them. Specifically, I hope each team member will set a personal goal of raising $1,000 or more (when I was in LLS's Team in Training in 2009, my minimum required goal was $2,400, and I raised it to $3,333), and I hope each member will commit to showing up for the Walk (which this year is October 18 starting in Union Square--gathering from 5:00 to 7:00PM, and walk starting at 7:00PM).

7. There's no deadline for signing up--you can sign up right up till the night of the Walk, as far as I know! But if I had my 'druthers, I'd get everyone signed up by July 1.

8. If you have any questions, you can always get in touch by leaving a comment below. :)

Thanks so much for being interested enough to read this. I hope you'll join me on the team. <3

Jump and Jive with Jared!
Jun 12, 2012

Welcome to the Light the Night team page of Jumpin' and Jivin' with Jared!

Picture shows three members of the 2011 Jared's Joggers team on the day of the walk: Paul, Jared (our namesake!), and Anastasia. Picture was taken by Kate, the team captain (who's also daughter-of-Paul, sister-of-Jared, and mother-of-Anastasia)

This will be our second annual Light the Night walk in honor of Jared, who's been living large since his diagnosis of CML (chronic myeloid leukemia) back in August of 2008. Last year, Jared's Joggers raised $1,550 to fight blood cancer, making up a portion of the over $1 million that San Francisco Bay Area teams raised in 2011. This year, with new energy and sky-high enthusiasm, we hope to raise at least $10,000. You can help us by either joining the team or making a donation to our team!

Here's a bit about the Light the Night Walk and what it supports:

The Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual fundraising walk to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Hundreds of thousands of participants 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, we 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 Medicare needs of people with blood cancers

And 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 $25 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.

Please join our team's effort today: you can register to become a team member or simply make a donation toward our walk. Your participation in the Light The Night Walk will help save and sustain lives like Jared's.

Check back at the Jumpin' and Jivin' with Jared team page frequently to see updates on our progress and read more about Jared's journey!

Team Name Subteam Walk Site Date Team Captain City/State  
Jumpin' and Jivin' with Jared   Union Square Park 10/18/12 Kate Allen San Francisco, CA  

Team Fundraising Total

Goal: $1,500.00
61 %
Donations: $917.33

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