Sep 30, 2009 by Linsey Krolik

Welcome to our Light The Night Walk homepage.

Linsey Krolik, a survivor of Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and Jill Asher, the daugher of a survivor of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), have formed this team, along with Silicon Valley Moms Group - please join us for this very fun, special and important event!

Make a donation, join our team, get registered on the National Marrow Donor Program - just do what you can. Although we'd love to raise a bunch of money for LLS, what we REALLY want to do is to raise awareness.

Linsey's story: I was 28 when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I thought I was completely healthy, having just run a marathon with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training (I know - ironic!). I was in car accident and the seat belt caught me hard. I went to see the doctor for cracked ribs and came home with a cancer diagnosis. I did 12 rounds of chemo and 5 weeks of radiation. I have been in remission for the last 8 years and went on to have three beautiful children. I do still worry about the long term effects of the toxic chemo and radiation that saved my life - these things put me at a higher risk for lung and breast cancer. But I really try to stay focused on the here and now, enjoying my very full life with my kids and thriving in my survivial. I am so thankful for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society which has been such a great source of support for me over the years and which is doing treamendous work to fight for the cure. Although I have been involved with the Society for many years, having done several Team in Training events (marathons, century bike rides, mountain bike rides, and triathlons), I have NEVER been to a Light the Night event, so I am very excited to participate this year.

Jill's story: My mom was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) in December 2007. She went through chemotherpay and a bone marrow transplant and is thankfully in remission today. AML does not have great odds, so she is definitely one of the lucky ones. My mom and I have been involved with supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since she was diagnosed and this organization is AMAZING. Having been through a bone marrow transplant, our family is especially interested in increasing the number and diversity of people registered in the National Marrow Donor Program (please see the info below). We were at the Palo Alto Light the Night Walk last year and are looking forward to returning again this year.

Please JOIN US for this event! Join our team, walk us with, make a donation. We promise it will be so much fun! Please ALSO get yourself set up (if you are not already there) on the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). More information about the National Marrow Donor Program is below - scroll down....

About Light the Night:

Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's evening walk and fundraising event. It is the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lost.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) funds lifesaving research that has contributed to major advances in the treatment of blood cancers and treatments for other types of cancer, such as chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. These treatments have helped patients live better, longer lives. New targeted therapies that kill cancer cells without harming normal tissue are providing drugs and procedures that are improving quality of life.

  • 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 make a donation to support our participation in the Light The Night Walk and help save lives. Be sure to check our Web site frequently to see our progress, and thanks for your support!

About the National Marrow Donor Program

The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) saves lives. The non-profit organization facilitates unrelated marrow and cord blood transplants as a single point of access. It connects doctors, donors and researchers to the resources they need to help more people live longer and healthier lives. Its role is critical because there is a vast and long-standing collaborative network of national and international leading medical facilities involved in the marrow and cord blood transplantation process.

Statistics about the Need for Donors

  • Every year, more than 10,000 Americans get life-threatening diseases that can only be cured with a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. The patients do not have a family donor and transplant is their only hope for a cure.
  • Currently, every search conducted through the NMDP provides patients with access to more than 11 million donors and more than 290,000 cord blood units on global registries.
  • Only 30 percent of patients find a matched donor in their family. The other 70 percent can turn to the NMDP to search for an unrelated donor or cord blood unit.

Statistics about the NMDP’s Life-saving Work

  • The NMDP works with leading transplant centers and donor registries in 35 countries around the world. Every search submitted to the NMDP includes a search of international registries to help patients find the best potential match.
  • Since it began operations in 1987, the NMDP has facilitated more than 30,000 marrow and cord blood transplants to give patients a second chance at life.
  • In 2007, the NMDP facilitated more than 3,700 total transplants – including nearly 650 cord blood transplants – helping the largest number of patients ever in a single year. Seventy-one percent of adult donors – more than 2,100 – provided peripheral blood stem cell donations, while 29 percent donated marrow.

Steps to Join the NMDP Registry:

  • Complete registration form and sign agreement to join the Registry.
  • Pay for tissue typing costs - though there is no cost to register for minorities because the NMDP is working to increase the number of minority donors.
  • Give either a swab of cheek cells or a blood sample so your tissue type can be tested.
  • Volunteers can also join the NMDP Registry online by visiting

Thanks for your support!

Team Name Subteam Walk Site Date Team Captain City/State  
Linsey Krolik/Jill Asher/Silicon Valley Moms Group   Palo Alto High School 10/10/09 Linsey Krolik Palo Alto, CA  

Supporter Comments

    "Linsey - you continue to amaze me with all you strength. You are a fabulous mom and friend. sorry to miss. love, polly"

    Polly Fox

    Wed Oct 07 01:51:04 EDT 2009

    "I was referred by Lori Landau."

    George and Linda

    Thu Oct 01 09:25:53 EDT 2009

Team Fundraising Total

Goal: $1,000.00
136 %
Donations: $1,361.00

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