“Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us.” Genesis 1:26
As I type this post, which contains an invitation to join the Leveraging Life team, I’m sitting at the Northside-Forsyth hospital infusion center getting my 5th blood transfusion of the summer. I know I’m laughing and you probably are too!
But one thing I never laugh about is cancer, especially when it comes to raising awareness, raising money, and finding a cure!
Let me address what is a common question that comes my way when people find out I’m raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society and not the merkel cell cancer, something I’ve been battling for almost two years. Merkel Cell cancer is a rare form of skin cancer that affects only about 1500 people around the world each year. With so few cases there would be such a long learning curve just to educate the masses before there would be any traction towards raising donations. Leukemia and Lymphoma on the other hand is something most of us are familiar with and something that may have even touched mine and your families at some point. LLS is personal and relevant. All that being said there are two other reasons why I chose to participate with Leukemia and Lymphoma society:
1. Both are blood related cancers where significant strides have been made in research and more are around the corner. I believe that once they figure out the role the blood stream plays in how cancer is metastasized throughout the body it will only be a matter of time before cures start occurring for all cancers as they are isolated and contained.
2. When my merkel cell cancer spread it spread through the blood stream.
Facts are facts, when you were growing up it was rare to know anyone or to have a family member who had been touched by cancer. Today it’s rare to find someone who HAS NOT had a family member touched by cancer. And if that is the case for you and for me, cancer is personal and I don’t know about you, but if it’s personal I can’t sit on the sidelines when I can do something I feel could make a difference.
So I’m inviting you to also step off the sideline join the fight and join our Leveraging Life Light the Night Team which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. Every year LLS hosts one of the most unique fundraising events, The Light the Night Walk which is held at the Cumming Fairgrounds on October 1, 2011. Rather than walk in the heat of the day we will walk in the early evening with illuminated balloons which represent the person you are walking for; the fighter, the survivor, or in memory of someone who lost their battle with cancer.