So here’s the thing…
Because I write super long posts sometimes (or all the time), I’m going to put the ask right up on top and then back into the why.
So here it is.
My friend Andrea has been doing the “Light the Night” walk through the Leukemia and Lymphoma society for a couple years now, and this year she’s walking in honor of me. Her team is “Team Jamie” and you have the option of joining the team and walking with a lot of cool people on October 6, 2016, or just straight up donating to the team to help fund cancer research and advocacy programs that help people like me going through treatment.
From the Team Jamie fundraising page, you can choose to:
- Donate to the team or through a team member. Andrea Fischer is the organizer and here is her personal page if you want to donate through her (She’s the one on the far left in the picture shown on the team Jamie page). Also, other team members are listed on the side of the Team Jamie page.
- Join the team and walk with them! There’s a link to join at the bottom of the Team Jamie page. My husband and son will be walking alongside some of my best friends. Come one, come all!
Why is this important to me?
Besides the obvious, I have many reasons why this event and getting some support for this cause is important to me. Here are the biggies.
First and foremost – I am the SECOND person in my family to have a blood disease that falls under the umbrella of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.
Over 16 years ago, my oldest sister was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 23. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation and has been in remission since. Now, in an odd sense of deja vu, our family is experiencing this unpleasant reality once again – this time with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Although our journeys are different, it’s still a shock that two of us have now been diagnosed with a lymphoma disease.
Second – I don’t just talk the talk, I walk the walk. Or really, I’ve run the run.
Around ten years ago, I myself was involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and their Team in Training events. At the time, I trained for multiple half marathons and became a mentor and participant of a triathlon – all while raising funds for cancer research. I did this all in honor of my sister and the many others going through this. I’ve seen the huge impact these funds can have on a cancer patient – both directly and indirectly, and although I wish this disease were eradicated altogether, I’m excited to once again help others who are going through what I’m going through. And as soon as I can physically do these events, I plan to become a lot more involved in the future. But for now, I’m happy being an advocate for any friends and family doing what I can’t do.
Third – because I believe in giving back and if you’re looking to give back for a cause you can personally connect to, this is it.
I’m sure you’re hit up by fundraisers all year long. I get it. I am too! And yes, I’ll gladly support girl scouts because their cookies fill my tummy with happiness, but besides that, I have to think a little harder on what charities to actually donate to the rest of the year when there are so many good causes out there. But also, I know for me, donating to help someone I personally know is a lot more fulfilling because of that personal connection. So if you know me (and you do…because you’re reading this blog)…consider this your personal connection to the cause.
Thank you for even considering.
That’s it. That’s my plea. I think this is a worthy cause and I’m super grateful to my friend who has chosen to honor me in this way and I just wanted to get the word out.
So thank you in advance for even considering to donate or walk. I know it’s going to be a really great night and a really great event and I plan on being an even bigger part of it next year when I’ve beaten this thing and can tell my tale of surviving.
And if you need those details again, here they are…
Team Jamie Fundraising page (you can donate to the team or join the team from here)
Andrea Fischer’s personal page (you can donate personally to Andrea Fischer from here)