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Light the Night cancer walk

Organized by: Cindi Varin

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As a 10 time (yes you are reading that correctly) Lymphoma survivor, I have made it my mission in life to raise funds to wipe out blood cancers. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) holds a Light the Night cancer walk every fall at locations all over the United States. At the time I first became involved with this, who knew only 3 months later that I would actually have to utilize some of the funds this agency supplies to patients. In 2007 was my first diagnosis, in 2010, I went through a stem cell transplant and had at that point all ready been chemo'ed and radiated multiple times. Since the transplant my very stubborn and rare form of Lymphoma has returned time & again. There was hope that the transplant would keep it at bay for 5 years. Alas 7 months and 10 days later (yes I was counting days) it returned again. I am happy to report that for me personally, with all the new and trial medicines now available (yeah I've been through a lot of them) I am just shy of 1 year being cancer free. This is mainly due to the research LLS has accomplished with their fundraising efforts over the years. LLS has been fundamental in bringing the cutting edge of treatments to patients. Leukemia patient survival rates are growing yearly...........The overall five-year relative survival rate for leukemia has more than quadrupled since 1960. From 1960 to 1963, the five-year relative survival rate among whites (only data available) with leukemia was 14 percent. From 1975 to 1977, the five-year relative survival rate for the total population with leukemia was 34.2 percent, and from 2004 to 2010, the overall relative survival rate was 60.3 percent. What impressive numbers! Together we can all make the change and make Someday, TODAY. Please give what you can afford. Thank you.


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