Welcome to Miles for Missy's Fundraising Page

Welcome to Miles for Missy's Fundraising Page
May 06, 2015

How Exactly did Miles for Missy happen?  After I was done with all my treatments, I wanted to do something to make a difference.  I couldn't believe what I had just gone through!  My friend, Joy Jones, had done Team In Training and we got to tag along with her to Nashville, but I hate, nay loathe, running!  I checked the website for LLS and sure enough, there was a walk!  Way more my speed:).  The 1st year, I just wanted to raise $5000.00. I started raising money 1 month before the walk using just email and Facebook.  I was blown away that I raised more than $6,000.00!  Every donation made me cry because I couldn't believe the generosity of my family and friends and the love they had for me.  It's a feeling like no other--crap, I'm crying again!


How'd you know you had cancer?

Many people through the years have asked about "my story." So here it goes...

Cancer people always remember the day their entire world changed. Some ask why, I was more like "WTF, are you kidding me?" I had a cough. A cough that was piercing to everyone's ears and it hurt! Kirk said I had TB, some thought I had whooping cough and there was even a kennel cough thrown in there. At first, my doctor just thought it was allergies and asthma. After 2 weeks, it wasn't any better--maybe I had bronchitis? He listened to my chest and determined that I was wheezing and my lungs did sound congested. 3 weeks later, my cough was even worse. I was throwing up all the time when I coughed and I couldn't catch my breath--it was terrible! Being at my wits end, I went back to the doctor and he ordered a chest x-ray, maybe I had pneumonia?, but it didn't sound like it. The scan was done right before July 4th weekend, and my doc wouldn't be back in for about week. No big deal, I had dealt with it for this long, what's a few more days?!

I will tell you this, no one will ever tell you that you have cancer over the phone. When I was told I needed to come into the office and whenever I got there would be fine, I knew something was definitely wrong. I've never had a shorter wait to get into see my doctor!! And then he dropped the bomb of my life.."You see this?" as he pointed to a mass that was sitting on my bronchial tubes shown on the xray, "This is a problem." He handed me a piece of paper with 2 names on it, one was a thoracic surgeon, the other an oncologist. I kind of stared at him, " Do I have cancer?" He hadn't exactly said it quite yet. "Yes, but you are going to be fine. I promise."

I walked out of his office in a daze, got to my car and called my mom, who was suffering with Stage IV breast cancer. "Mom, I have cancer." Typical of my mom, "No, you don't. Missy, quit screwing with me." --still makes me laugh that I can hear her saying it now:) Side bar: I was strangely obsessed with calling my mom and saying things to get a rise out of her i.e. I was pregnant, had eloped, gotten my nose pierced, gotten a tattoo, etc.

I digress...My oncologist appointment was first and my dear friend Branch went with me. She was my scribe. She knew I would be too wound up to take in everything that was being said--she was 100% correct. My oncologist said I either had lymphoma or something else with an 'oma', but I had a very high rate of success for remission. Next up, thoracic surgeon. He took one look at my xrays and said I had Hodgkin's Disease--he didn't know which one, but that's what I had. Now, I have always been a fly by the seat of my pants kind of person, but this was a lilttle ridiculous. In a one week span, I had been diagnosed with cancer, was supposed to have a major surgery (they were deflating one of my lungs to get to the "oma" which was near my heart, inserting my port and inserting this kick ass pain killer contraption into me) and I had 2nd row tickets to a Yankees-Rays game in Tampa behind the Yanks on-deck-circle!!. After a little haggling, I was cleared to go to my game (yes, my beloved Yanks won!) and would have the surgery the day after I got back. I won't even go into my hospital stay---What a hot mess!!

I didn't tell a lot of people my diagnosis. My tight circle of friends knew and my family. I didn't want anyone to feel sorry for me or say something awkward because truly, what do you say in the situation--sorry you have a sickness where you are going to lose all your hair and energy, feel like shit for awhile and be in a situation for the better part of a year that changes everything in your life? They don't make a Hallmark card for it, I looked:) I had cancer and I wasn't going to die. Just needed some time to get through my issues and deal with myself. For the next 6 months, I went to chemo every two weeks, and then had radiation for 17 sessions. I would take chemo every day to not have radiation--it is the worst!!

October 2012, I was finally put in remission and my chemo port was removed. This little cancer spell was behind me.

I was very lucky, my cancer was caught in the early stages and I had an awesome team of doctors--some are not that lucky, which is why I now raise money for LLS! They help people who are not Missy Bass. Those who don't have insurance and live in the metropolis of Richmond where cancer centers are cutting edge. Those who don't have friends and family who will take them to all their doctors appointment while they are going through treatment. It's these people that I want to help and with you, it's possible:)

Who came up with the catchy team name?  Kim King!  Great friend and awesome fundraiser--she was recognized in 2013 by LLS for her efforts!  Kim and I met our freshman year of college at Randolph Macon on Starr Hall.  Loved her from the minute I met her..Loud, crazy and straight up yankee!  She had me in absolute hysterics when she asked "What the hell is a hush puppy?  bwhahahahahaha, still makes me laugh!  She still lives 'right down the hall."  well, the street anyway!

How can I get involved?  It's really easy!  Of course you can donate money, but you can also join my team and raise money!  You can even just come out the night of the walk and show your support.  Walk night is incredibly sweet and it's a great family event!  My family comes up from Virginia Beach and it's really fun!  I don't think the little ones know exactly why we are all there or why I get up and speak, but they love all the schwag that they get to take away!

Who's on the Miles for Missy Team?   I think that everyone who donates, shares my link, walks with me, joins the team to raise money, sends encouraging words, likes my facebook statuses or even sends me an email sharing their story is on my team!  Your support is truly all that matters.

Now in terms of people who join to raise money: Tennille Parsons, my bff since highschool.  Oh, the stories we could tell!!!  She is amazing and is my sister from another mister.  Watch out when we get together--I'm laughing just thinking of the ridiculousness!  Someone out there is still missing their cactus!

Kim King: My college sorority sister and my In Case of Emergency!  <--Ha! but super true!  See above for other details:)

Traci Spencer: This girl is something amazing!  I've known Traci since I moved to Richmond. We've had some really kick ass times and I know if I ever need someone to get into trouble with, she's up for the task!  Watch out when she gets in fundraising mode, nobody's wallet is safe!

Erica Cage: She is a philanthropist through and through!  Not only has she been on the LLS Man and Woman of the Year Campaign with me, she also chairs the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation events in Richmond!  The woman knows how to throw a party for a great cause!

Others who have helped raise money: My awesome sister in-law, Erin Bass.  Her sister, Shannon Barber-who rocked it!  The undeniably cool, Ashley Carpenter. The always enthusiastic and now preggers, Amy Metzger LaSalle.  Branch Feagans, my vault and voice of reason!  Marsha Hargette, who also raises money for CDR, a great non-profit school that helps kids with development issues.  So, if you don't want to give to LLS, give it to her!!  and Leslie Baker, who is the most steadfast and true friend you could have!!

Thanks to dedicated people like you, funds raised from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Light The Night Walk help support the research of blood cancer treatments that save lives.

The Light The Night Walk brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases, and our team is helping to shine a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Without your efforts LLS could not fund the research of such treatments as targeted therapies that zero in on cancer cells and kill them or immunotherapy drugs that use a patient's own immune system to kill cancer.

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 200 communities across North America each fall.

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 not someday, but today.

Be sure to check our team Web site frequently to see our progress!


Thank you for bringing us all closer to living in a world without blood cancers!




Team Name Subteam Walk Site Date Team Captain City/State  
Miles for Missy   Virginia Historical Society 10/17/15 Missy Bass Richmond, VA  

Team Fundraising Total

Goal: $12,000.00
115 %
Donations: $13,829.75

Donate to our Team

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

Thanks To

Michael Sampson $500.00
Conch Republic Rocketts $250.00
Mary Napier $100.00
Curtis Stabler $50.00