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Thanks for visiting my Light The Night Walk homepage. Light The Night is the nation’s night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of patients battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lost.
Mindy Lynn Hinojosa
1/27/1982 - 2/6/2001
Friends and Family,
As most of you know, Mindy Joy was named after my friend Mindy Hinojosa who was called to be with Jesus February 6, 2001. If you did not have the pleasure of knowing her, she was the sweetest, most beautiful person you ever met. She is my daughter's guardian angel and all of us that knew her are better for it.
I was inspired this month during our "Walk for Babies" in Austin that raises money for preemies. We walked in honor of Charlie Speck and in memory of Mindy Joy's cousin - Ty William Freeman. Houston's Lymphoma and Leukemia Society has a similar walk to help raise money for research of Lymphoma and Leukemia, and help the families as well if they need financial help while going through this very hard time.
"Light the Night" will be October 11 at the new Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston. It is mid-evening. Every walker carries a balloon, cancer patients and survivors will carry white, while the friends, family and supporters will carry red. This creates a "sea of hope" and lets other families know that they are not alone in this battle. We will also be walking in memory of my Uncle Billy who lost his battle with Leukemia almost 20 years ago.
Megan Raley (who was also best friends with Mindy and I in high school) is my Co-Team Captain. She will be helping promote our team on 610 Sports Radio and Chron.com. Our goal is to raise $5,000 between now and October 11, 2008. Please mark your calendar's, if you can't walk, please donate and feel free to pass along to others you may know affected by this illness.
If you cannot give now, don't worry. I will be reminding everyone of this event as it gets closer to date.
Thank you and hope to see you at the walk!
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) funds lifesaving cancer research that has contributed to major advances in the treatment of blood cancers and many other types of cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and stem cell transplants, that 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 the quality of life.
But more research is critically needed:
- Every five minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies.
- Leukemia causes more deaths among children than any other cancer.
- Nearly 20,000 Americans died from lymphoma in 2007.
- The survival rate for myeloma is just 34 percent.
Please make a donation to support my participation in the Light The Night Walk and help save lives. Be sure to check my Web site frequently to see my progress, and thanks for your support!