Monday, August 10, 2009

Please Donate or Walk with Me

Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's evening walk and fundraising event. It is the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lost.

Team Gershon has been participating in the event for the past 4 years and we have raised an extraordinary amount of money to help fight blood cancers. I have been personally affected by this type of fundraising since the research to develop the medication I take for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) was funded in part by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Since I was diagnosed over 3 years ago, my medication, Gleevec, has made the leukemia cells in my body undetectable. CML has gone from a terminal illness to a chronic condition managed by this wonder drug with minimal side effects.

As you can imagine, I think the LLS is such an important organization in many ways. They were the first people I turned to after I was diagnosed and they helped me navigate the confusing world of oncology. I want to make sure I am giving back to them and I hope you will assist me in this request.

You are welcome to help out in a number of ways. Any donation is greatly appreciated. I also invite you to join my team and become a fundraiser yourself and walk with our team. You are also welcome to walk with us on September 26, 2009. Below is some information about the society and how to make a donation or sign up to participate.

Please visit my page at to donate or sign up to participate.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) funds lifesaving research that has contributed to major advances in the treatment of blood cancers and treatments for other types of cancer, such as chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. These treatments have helped patients live better, longer lives. New targeted therapies that kill cancer cells without harming normal tissue are providing drugs and procedures that are improving quality of life.

  • A donation of $25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.

  • A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.

  • A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.

  • A donation of $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.

Please make a donation to support my participation in the Light The Night Walk and help save lives. Be sure to check my Web site frequently to see my progress, and thanks for your support!

I really appreciate your generosity!!