One step at a time
Welcome to my Light The Night Walk homepage. The Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's nationwide walk to raise awareness and funds to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Last year, 6 days after the birth of my son Alex, I was diagnosed with stage IIB Hodgkins Lymphoma. Talk about an emotional roller coaster! Fortunately, my battle with Lymphoma has been successfull. Halfway through my chemotherapy treatments my scans came back clean (remission!) and on January 16, 2006 I recieved my last dose of chemo. A short stint of radiation therapy in March and my active treatment was done.
While my story has so far been positive, many people who fight blood cancers are not so lucky. All it takes is 5 minutes in a chemo infusion room to realize just how horrible things can be. Just in the time since I was diagnosed I've personally known four people who lost their fight with Lymphoma. That may not sound like a lot. But consider this...In that same time period I've only known one other person that has had the same outcome as I have. It's estimated that in 2006, 118,310 people will be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma and they will cause the deaths of 53,920 people (9.5 percent of all cancer related deaths). That's one person every 10 minutes. Added to that, leukemias are the leading fatal cancers in people under the age of 20.
Grim as that may sound, it's not all negative. New advances in medical technologies are happening every day and the survival rate is steadily improving. I'm currently just one of 133,819 people currently living in the United States with Hodgkins lymphoma. With the support of organizations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and events like the Light the Night walk, that number will continue to grow.
I've been very fortunate in that other than the cancer I was healthy and my body was able to cope will with the stress of therapy. Many people are not so fortunate. They need help. The total cost of my treatment to date is $56,787.70 and my out of pocket costs have been $5,909.52. And I'm a "textbook case". No complications and in remission after a normal treatment regimen. Throughout my treatment my family, friends and employer have been very supportive, both emotionally and financially. The Leukemia & Lymphoma society works to help those people who are not in the situation I was in. It helps those who need it most. Your donation to the society will help fund blood cancer research, education and patient services.
I'm participating in the walk not for myself, but for those who are losing their fight with cancer. They need our support to help accelerate cures and give hope to them and their families. Although research is responsible for increasing survival rates for these diseases, the battle is far from over.
Please make a donation to support my participation in the Light The Night Walk. By doing so, we’ll both be helping save lives. Be sure to check my Web site frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!
If you're interested in reading more about my fight with Hodgkins, please visit my online journal.
UPDATE: Wow, my initial goal of $750 was met within 12 hours of contacting friends and family! Thanks to all those that have donated! I guess since I've still got plenty of time before the walk, I need to adjust my goal!