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Anne and Wil Wheaton's TK421 Fundraising Page

50,000 monkeys can totally raise 50,000 dollars

In September of 2003, our dear friend Kris was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. She did two rounds of chemotherapy at her local hospital but ultimately needed to do chemo, radiation, and a stem cell transplant at City of Hope Cancer Hospital in Duarte, CA. In order to help her as quickly as possible, doctors harvested her own stem cells to donate back to her after treatment. The road to recovery was rocky, but was full of hope as Kris read pages and pages of encouragement from thousands of people who sponsored us for the San Diego Rock-n-Roll Marathon in June 2004. A nurse at City of Hope told us that cancer research costs $25,000 a day, so that was our fundraising goal. We exceeded it by raising $28,420.

In August of 2005, Kris was told her leukemia was back, but this time they found a donor match. Kris had said before that she would never do the treatment again, but in November she did; she spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and her birthday in the hospital.

The marathon was the hardest thing we had ever done. Fighting cancer was the hardest thing Kris had ever done. None of us wanted to do it again, but we decided if she could do it twice, so could we. We also knew we could raise twice as much this time, because now our team has doubled: our friends Michelle and Shawn have joined us to help with fundraising, and will get to experience the joy we felt when we crossed the finish line in 2004.

As Kris, along with thousands of other people, struggles to overcome this disease, we want to do all we can to help raise money for finding a cure. Thank you so much for helping us and supporting Kris!