Why I do what I do...
I was looking back at when I had my first LLS Team In Training event. September 2010. It must have been soon after my mother and a close friend were both diagnosed with Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. 7.5 years later and with my donations and donations of friends and family I have raised $19,000 for the cure for blood cancers. My friend is a survivor, and I have made many friends, also survivors through my support and participation in Team in Training EPA event. They are here, because of the work and research of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Eastern PA Chapter. My mother was not a lucky survivor, but she was a lucky person, because she thrived for the 5 years with Blood Cancer. You would never know she was sick, her friends were shock to hear she was dealing with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for all that time.
I took her to the doctors for all if not most of her scheduled appointments. I remember the first drug she was prescribed, was not working. Fortunately, there was a second choice that was a miracle drug for her. At the age of 87, I think it was her old age that could not keep up the battle against white blood cells killing the red cells. The drug no longer worked, but blood transfusions gave her another 3/4's of a year, I think.
This story is not unique; I run and ride along side many athletes that are being treated for blood cancers, Leukemia Lymphoma's and others. They are fighting to get to that 10-year mark, when they can wear the SURVIVOR TNT shirt. It is like a graduation gown or a badge of honor. You never know what someone is going through when you’re Climbing, Running, Swimming, or Cycling with them. They could be a caregiver for a loved one with blood cancer, a survivor or survivor in waiting. But we all have the same goal: to find a cure and a world without blood cancers.
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