EVENT DATE: May 29, 2016
I grew up in a small town where everyone knew almost everyone else; when visiting my parents, it is inevitable that I would bump into people that knew my family, and would ask various questions about my parents and siblings. During these conversations, I often hear, “I always see your Dad running around town.” It isn’t surprising so many people see my Dad out running. He and his friends have run the same five-mile (or more) loop everyday, rain or shine, for more than thirty years.
When a bump developed on his shin in early 2013 and assuming it was part of the wear and tear of an aging athlete, my father put off seeking medical attention for months, not wanting to be told that he would have to miss our spring ski vacation. When he finally did seek medical recommendations, traditional sports medicine treatment was suggested. A couple of months later, not only was the bump still there, but it was getting increasingly painful. My brother, Adam, made arrangements for our dad to get a second opinion in Pittsburgh. The doctors there quickly recognized it as cancer and, as we soon found out, it was Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. My father immediately began treatment and finished up his chemotherapy around January 2014. Thanks to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society there have been many advances in the treatment of blood cancers that were not available twenty years ago. As a result my father fortunately has been cancer free since 2014.
We are so thankful that my father is able to join us in celebrating our wedding day. In honor of him, we are raising funds to help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
Your donation will help fund treatments that save lives every day; like immnuotherapies that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. You may not know it, but every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these.
Patients need these cures and they need your support.
Please make a donation in support and help get us all closer to a world without blood cancers.