This is the third year I will be participating and fundraising for the LLS Light the Night Walk. Light the Night is an incredible event, unlike any other I’ve ever seen. I first got involved with LTN when one of my dearest friends ran in an LLS Team in Training Half Marathon in my honor. She did this right after I was diagnosed, and so I was able to learn quite a lot about LLS through her. Once I was out of the hospital and researching on my own, I immediately signed up to be a team captain.
The first year I participated in LTN was in 2014. I combined efforts with my former employer, Radiology Associates of Albuquerque. Together we raised over $13,000 (our initial goal was $5,000 which we increased to $7,500) which broke the record for any team in the history of the New Mexico/El Paso chapter. I was so proud of our accomplishment. That year, I was able to throw any and all of my energy into thinking about and fundraising for that campaign. It gave me a sense of worth – I felt like I was actually helping others, that what I was doing mattered. I truly believe that the positive attitude I was able to cling to through my involvement with LLS was part of my healing and part of why I responded so well to treatment.
Much of my push for fundraising will be through social media. However, this year I am thrilled to announce that with a
little lot of help from my friends and family, I am going to organize a golf tournament to fundraise for our team as well. More information about this will be forthcoming very soon!
If you have any ideas or stories to share with me about your experience with LLS or with cancer in general I would LOVE to hear them. LLS has so many resources, if you or someone you know is suffering with a blood cancer, please reach out for support. I know how isolating cancer can be and it is so important to know that you are not alone, there is a huge community out there that already loves and supports you so much!
Check back soon for more details regarding my 2016 Light the Night campaign. XOXO