My Fundraising Page

It's Walk Day, YAY!!
Oct 13, 2018

I truly have no idea how Honey BooBoo becamse my mascot, but it cracks me up every year!  Nothing like bringing a cult classic (yes, I said it) back to platform:)

I'm contantly amazed by people and the list of donors to this great foundation lets me know that I did something right by having all of you in my tribe!  How lucky and fortunate the people I have met along the way on this crazy journey of Life!  Much love and thanks--you have no idea how truly humbling it is to see all of your beautiful names! 

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Executive Challenge Chair
Aug 21, 2018

If you have been around me for the past, I don't know, forever!  You know I am never one to back down from anything..except spiders!  Oh, and snakes!  ughhhh  Any sort of challenge, it is always GAME ON!!  This year the Richmond Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society appointed me as the Light the Night Executive Challenge Chair.  They just didn't think I had enough to do:)  Truly, I am honored and plan on giving it my all!  The goal is to raise $100,000.000 with all the players in the challenge.  Somes are new faces and some are friends that I have known for years through this amazing organization. In all, they are incredible humans for helping the cause!!  I love all the things that LLS does to help with cancer research.  Last year, 18 new cancer treatments were approved through the FDA and LLS funded 15 of them!  They are AMAZEBALLS!! 

You can be amazing too! You can donate money: https://pages.lightthenight.org/va/Richmond18/mbassrva .

You can sign up and support the team or you can just come out the night of the walk and show your love!  All works for me:)

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My Fundraising Page
Aug 20, 2018

~~Welcome to My Light The Night Walk Fundraising Page, 2018~~


Please help me support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk by donating towards my fundraising efforts today. You can help bring us closer to living in a world without cancers!

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 (Thank you, Mitch!). 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:)

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photo of Jordyn

By giving a donation today, you can help children like Jordyn. At just 6 years old, Jordyn was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma - a diagnosis no parent ever wants to hear. Within a day of diagnosis, she had already started chemotherapy. Numerous lumbar punctures and blood transfusions soon followed. Her life had changed in an instant. Today, Jordyn is in remission, she's a vibrant, happy and healthy 9 year-old girl.

 

Money raised through Light The Night allows The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to fund treatments for patients who are suffering from all forms of blood cancers. The impact of LLS supported research goes beyond blood cancers. The discoveries made in blood cancer research have led to break through treatments for many cancers and other serious diseases.

 

Help defeat the darkness of cancer. Please make a donation today to continue to help children like Jordyn!

 

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Supporter Comments

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    "Thankful Missy Bass kicked cancer's ass! "
     

    John and Joan Tipton

    Tue Aug 21 11:03:15 EDT 2018

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    "Missy, As your friend and someone who knows your story, I am glad to help end this horrible disease. Keep up the good work. Love ya! xox"
     

    Sean Craft

    Tue Aug 21 12:01:12 EDT 2018

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    "Go get em Missy!"
     

    Grace Wilkins

    Tue Aug 21 03:58:22 EDT 2018

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    "Because the world would be a dimmer place without Missy?s beautiful smile (and every one else?s who is fighting the good fight)! ❤️"
     

    Emily Madison

    Tue Aug 21 04:23:05 EDT 2018

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    "Richmond Mortgage Bankers Association is thrilled to help Missy anyway we can! Very proud of you and all that you do for everyone around you! Keep being that bright light! Love from the RMBA "
     

    Richmond Mortgage Bankers Association RMBA

    Tue Sep 11 04:19:30 EDT 2018

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    "Love you Missy Bass, you are one of my favorite fighters! I'm happy to donate to this great cause! "
     

    Amanda Hewitt

    Wed Sep 12 11:14:01 EDT 2018

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    "You go Missy! So glad to help in your fight against this horrid cancer!"
     

    Becky Cyr

    Wed Sep 12 11:42:38 EDT 2018

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    "Anything for a good cause and Missy Bass is certainly something we should do. Cleve & Suzanne Wright"
     

    Cleve & Suzanne Wright

    Wed Sep 12 12:03:38 EDT 2018

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    "You kick it?s ass! Awesome that you are chairing this year! They definitely knew what they were doing!!!"
     

    Townsend Duane

    Wed Sep 12 07:52:49 EDT 2018

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    "great cause, Thank you Missy for your effort."
     

    Michael Mazzola

    Thu Sep 13 01:19:21 EDT 2018

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    "Go Missy!!"
     

    Susan Skelly

    Thu Sep 13 03:14:27 EDT 2018

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    "Always happy to support you Missy! "
     

    Harrison Ravn

    Thu Sep 13 05:28:56 EDT 2018

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    "Love you my girl!"
     

    Elizabeth Creasey

    Fri Sep 14 12:23:37 EDT 2018

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    "Proud to call you my friend- love ya, Missy!"
     

    Chesia Cunniff

    Sat Sep 15 11:47:20 EDT 2018

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    "Keep up the good work Missy!!!"
     

    Kevin and Rosa McElroy

    Wed Sep 26 08:28:07 EDT 2018

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    "I wish you the best with this fundraiser and for continued good health!"
     

    Madeline Witty

    Wed Sep 26 01:44:22 EDT 2018

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    "I donating on behalf of my dear friend Missy Bass who kicked cancer and continues to give back by raising money every year for LLS! Please match my donation!"
     

    Keanes

    Wed Sep 26 04:05:43 EDT 2018

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    "Missy, you are a hero to many! You to support these efforts to raise funding, which provides support for the research that will one day find a cure. Thank you"
     

    Regan Curry

    Wed Sep 26 05:24:20 EDT 2018

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    "Go get 'em girl!! You're a rock star and always have been!! xoxo"
     

    Catherine Keir

    Mon Oct 01 08:59:26 EDT 2018

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    "Go Missy Go! We love you, Shelton-Marsha-Parker-Liam Hargette"
     

    The Hargettes

    Tue Oct 09 07:20:19 EDT 2018

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    "Thanks for all you do, Missy!!!"
     

    Tom Cunningham

    Wed Oct 10 09:13:03 EDT 2018

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    "You are one awesome chick! Missy Bass!! "
     

    Michele Patton

    Fri Oct 12 06:48:08 EDT 2018

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    "Great cause."
     

    Stephen Chilton

    Fri Oct 12 07:42:24 EDT 2018

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    "We love you!! 😘"
     

    Jon, Erin, Tyler, Josie & Parker Bass

    Sat Oct 13 07:58:08 EDT 2018

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    "Missy Bass! You are a true inspiration, warrior and rock star! "
     

    Emily Herstein

    Sat Oct 13 11:50:47 EDT 2018

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    "I love you to the moon "
     

    Coco

    Sat Oct 13 11:51:23 EDT 2018

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    "❤️❤️"
     

    Taegan Doyle

    Sat Oct 13 11:55:58 EDT 2018

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    "Awesome job👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻"
     

    Laurin Armfield

    Sat Oct 13 12:06:01 EDT 2018

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    "Way to go Missy!! Xo"
     

    Kate & Ritter Jonas

    Sat Oct 13 03:34:25 EDT 2018

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    "You�re amazing! Thank you for your fundraising and work to find an end to Cancer. Sharon amen John"
     

    Sharon and John Coombs

    Sat Oct 13 04:00:11 EDT 2018

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    "So proud of you! 💗"
     

    Courtney & Michael Froelich

    Sat Oct 13 04:26:00 EDT 2018

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    "Good luck pounding the pavement tonight!"
     

    Allen Peacock

    Sat Oct 13 06:04:37 EDT 2018

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    "You Rock!!!"
     

    Anna Goodall

    Thu Oct 18 01:53:11 EDT 2018

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $10,825.00 | Goal: $10,000.00
 
108 %

My Team

 
Team Total: $10,825.00 | Goal: $10,000.00

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My Thanks To

Jon, Erin, Tyler, Josie &... $1000.00
C&F Mortgage Corporation $1000.00
Melissa McPherson Canavos... $1000.00
Beverly Flournoy $250.00
Ryan Mabie $250.00
Margaret Nuckols $250.00
Jodie Cook $100.00
Beast Light Retreat $100.00
Courtney & Michael Froeli... $100.00
Kate & Ritter Jonas $100.00
E $100.00
Stephen Chilton $100.00
Stephanie Okamoto $100.00
Branch Feagans $100.00
Tom Cunningham $100.00
Bronwyn Heavner $100.00
Catherine Keir $100.00
Liz Harper $100.00
Kristine Arbogast $100.00
Keanes $100.00
Tiffany Rivenbark $100.00
Kevin and Rosa McElroy $100.00
Uncle John and Aunt Pat $100.00
Russ Mountcastle $100.00
Blake Aldridge $100.00
Prudence Justis $100.00
Chesia Cunniff $100.00
Elizabeth Creasey $100.00
David McDowell $100.00
Michael Mazzola $100.00
Cleve & Suzanne Wright $100.00
Walton and Jessica Mosele... $100.00
Berkeley & Cheney Edmunds $100.00
Emily Madison $100.00
Sean Craft $100.00
The Hargettes $51.00
Anne Gordon Grissom $50.00
Graham Rashkind $50.00
Mary Napier $50.00
Lucky Peterson $50.00
Laurin Armfield $50.00
Emily Herstein $50.00
Leslie and Chip Cutchins $50.00
Melissa Jackson $50.00
Jason Donahoe $50.00
Pope Hackney $50.00
Sam Boundy $50.00
Cooper Pollard $50.00
Julia Grisham $50.00
Ashley Waite $50.00
Ann Douglas & Josh Irby $50.00
PETER HALL $50.00
Susan Skelly $50.00
Bridget Hodgson $50.00
Becky Cyr $50.00
Anna Clay $50.00
Grace Wilkins $50.00
John and Joan Tipton $50.00
Keri Danielson $40.00
Michele Patton $40.00
Sharon and John Coombs $30.00
Annie Remington $30.00
The Allison Zoo $30.00
Coco $30.00
Sherry King $30.00
Harrison Ravn $30.00
Brooke Murdock $30.00
Townsend Duane $30.00
Leslie Baker $25.00
Daniel Pollack $25.00
Sarah Stedfast $25.00
Traci Spencer $20.00
Madeline Witty $20.00
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