Putting a Face on Childhood Cancer!
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Thank you for visiting my Active.com site! I am part of the Friends of Allie (FOA) team and am participating in the Light the Night Walk in Lake County Walk at the Lake County Fairgrounds, in Crown Point on September 17th.
I along with 1600+ walkers in 145 locations across the US and Canada will be walking in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2006 Light The Walks this fall. We will be walking in memory of a baby girl named Allie Scott, who was born in Texas, and left a Texas-sized mark on the world. Allison Leigh Scott was born December 17, 2003, and diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in May of 2004. Sadly, Allie lost her battle to AML on September 13, 2004 -- 4 days shy of turning 9 months. She never walked. She never talked. She never had a birthday party. Yet Allie is still here. She is with thousands of us in spirit every day. She reminds us daily of the value of life. She reminds us to cherish our time with our children. She reminds us of the profound difference a single life can make in this world. She touched people’s hearts and inspired their passion to make a difference.
Friends of Allie is the largest national Friends and Family Team for Light The Night Walk. Motivated by the plight of Allie and other children battling blood cancers like her, a grassroots movement emerged, resulting in the formation of FOA and its unprecedented fundraising efforts for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. FOA has enlarged its scope to include affiliate teams—both corporate and Friends and Family teams—who share their passion for finding a cure for pediatric blood cancers and making a difference in the lives of families stricken by pediatric blood cancer.
Friends of Allie is raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in hopes of claiming an even bigger prize at the end of 2006 —the chance to place the group’s name on a pediatric cancer research grant. The team must raise $100,000 to receive the Society’s grant-naming opportunity, but we do not plan to stop there. The national goal for this team of more than 1,600 walkers is $312,000, an amount that would bring its total for three Light The Night Walks seasons to more than $1 million—all raised in just over two years. The Society has selected Joseph Wiemels, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, as a grantee for his research in the area of childhood leukemia. For each $100,000 raised, the team will have Dr. Wiemels grant named in its honor for up to three years total. Dr. Wiemels grant is made under the Society’s Career Development Program (CDP), which funds talented researchers at different points in their developing careers. To learn more about the national Friends of Allie Light The Night team, please visit www.friendsofallie.org.
According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, someone dies every 10 minutes from a blood cancer; leukemia is the leading fatal cancer for men and women under the age of 20. While the statistics on blood cancers are sobering, it is devastating to hear the impact that leukemia has on children. Leukemia accounts for just over 30% of cancers diagnosed in children under the age of 15, and approximately 3,000 children die from a blood cancer every year.
It is my hope that you will support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to work towards eradicating this horrible disease. The Friends of Allie team has raised almost $700,000 and hopes to hit the million-dollar mark in 2006 so that other beautiful children like Allie do not have to lose their battle with cancer; my own personal goal is $1400. I cannot do it without the support of people like you. All donations are tax deductible.
Please contact me at email@example.com if you are interested in joining us for the walk or would like to make a donation to our team. You can make online donations through this site or by check made out to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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