You may have noticed that it’s been a little quiet around these parts. A couple of months ago, I was so excited to reveal that I was a candidate for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year! Instead of the usual Weekly Dose of TLG, I shared my motivation for getting involved. I had every intention of keeping up with my TLG obligations, but to be quite honest, my priority shifted to raise as much money as I could for LLS. My 10 week campaign is in its last week. I’m still going hard and wanted to share why I accepted my nomination.
Because leukemia rocked my world not once, but twice.
I accepted my nomination for Woman of the Year to honor the memory of those I love and lost to leukemia. Both my mother and grandmother died from the disease. My mother died one month and two days after her diagnosis with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. It was and is the shock of my life. Following her death, my grandmother raised me. A couple of months after my college graduation, a blood test at my grandmother’s doctor appointment determined she had Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. While CML is prevalent in seniors, and drug therapies like Gleevec let those with it live a normal life, the string of other health issues she had did not fare well against the disease and she made the choice to transition into hospice until her death. I get specific in this old blog post, but in a nutshell: I have and never will be the same. While so many pieces of me have blossomed in their absence, some of my favorite things about myself died when they did.
Because approximately every 3 minutes, a person is diagnosed with a blood cancer.
The number is startling. While degrees of severity vary by type, to think that someone is faced with this that frequently is unsettling. It can come out of nowhere. Lives changed and priorities shifted quickly. Fear setting in because…
Because there isn’t a cure.
I know I am not the only daughter that feels this way after losing a parent to cancer, let alone a cancer patient facing their diagnosis. I know that we get closer to finding a cure day in and day out. The funds I have been raising will help fund additional research and development in drug therapies for patients, therapies that can’t come soon enough.
Because LLS provides support in my local community.
Locally, my LLS chapter provides support services to children and adults that are facing leukemia and lymphoma with doubt. Whether it is aiding families in making informed medical decisions, or funding research grants that are happening at medical centers in my neighborhood, or simply providing financial assistance to patients that need access to current drug therapies, LLS is doing work now.
So, there you have it. This is why I have been MIA. It has been for good reason, worth every minute and I finally feel like I am making peace with all that has happened. The Grand Finale Gala is June 11th and no matter what happens that night, I am honored and privileged to have shared something personal with so many.
For more information on my Woman of the Year campaign, feel free to visit my campaign page. If you feel so inclined, I would appreciate your donation as I work to reach my goal! It is tax deductible and will immediately serve those who need support the most.
Other Ways to Get Involved
TONIGHT, 6/2, join TEAMTLG for a fundraising event at de Vere’s Irish Pub. Your donation covers a drink, hosted apps and Jameson flight tastings. More information is available here.
I’ve also partnered with Robin Lovin of Stella & Dot so that a portion of your purchase goes directly to my campaign. Shop here! Perfect time to get those grad gifts and some new pieces for you for the summer.
Live in Sacramento? Dine out with Requested app. Enter code TEAMTLG under promos and credits and 5% of your purchase will go to LLS.
Lead photo by Kevin Fiscus