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Team in Training OCIE's Fundraiser:

Team Dianne

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January 07, 2013

The first team fundraiser for Team Dianne is a Park Lane Jewelry Party on Tuesday January 8th at 6pm at the OCIE Chapter Office!  See more

BENEFITING: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

EVENT: 5K Corporate Challenge

EVENT DATE: May 05, 2013

Team in Training OCIE

THE STORY:

Join Team In Training as we raise funds for blood cancer research in honor of our own Dianne Callahan!  As the Orange County Inland Empire Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society our goal is to raise $5,000 for blood cancer research for a 5k walk/run on May 5th.  That's a lot of 5's!!!  Please join or support our efforts in honor of Dianne. 

Dianne's Story:

Dianne Callahan, Deputy Executive Director, LLS

I first heard the words "you have blood cancer" in July, 2007. I was 43 years old, with a great job, wonderful family and friends, and I had recently started seeing someone very special. After two weeks in the hospital I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma – it was stage 4 and there is no stage 5. When we received the diagnosis, I suggested to Chuck, the wonderful man in my life, that he should run for the hills. He responded by saying "When God gives you a gift, you don’t give it back." And there, at my hospital bedside, he asked me to marry him.

After six months of aggressive chemotherapy combined with Rituxan, an immunotherapy drug that was found by a researcher funded by LLS, I achieved full remission in January of 2008. Chuck and I were so grateful to LLS for their work to fund vital research as well as providing information and support to me and almost one million other Americans living with blood cancer that we decided to give back in a very small way by participating in the Light The Night Walk later that year. In fact, we ended up combining our September wedding with the Walk; we got married on a Friday night in our backyard, and the next day we got a bus donated and loaded everyone up to walk with us at Angel Stadium. Instead of having a $10,000 wedding, our hope was to raise $10,000 for LLS – we were so proud when "Team I Do" raised more than $11,000!

When Chuck and I married, we each spoke the traditional vows, promising to love one another "in sickness and in health." Chuck made those vows to me fully knowing that most blood cancers are incurable and that we would likely have to fight this battle again. Last November, after four years in remission, I heard the dreaded words: "your cancer is back". This time, I hadn’t felt sick at all – I was even training for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon with LLS’s Team in Training!

Since November, I have been back in the fight for my life through very aggressive chemo in December and a stem cell transplant in February. In support of my passion for research, I am participating in a clinical trial that combines the radioimmunotherapy drug Zevalin, with the standard high-dose chemo of the transplant. I’m told by my doctors that my original 4-year remission was remarkable in light of the aggressiveness of my lymphoma and that it may be harder to achieve that long of a remission this time around.  Recently my remission ended and I am now undergoing a second stem cell transplant, with donor cells.   I will be checking into the City of Hope "Resort and Spa" in January and it's game on!

In March, 2009, I was asked to change careers and come work for LLS leading the Light The Night campaign. Chuck and I agreed that this would be my purpose – my crusade – to use the experience we went through to help inspire others to raise funds to find better treatments and cures for blood cancers. Today, I serve as our chapter’s Deputy Executive Director and I am honored to provide leadership for the Light The Night, School & Youth, Regatta, and Man and Woman of the Year Campaigns, working with amazing staff and passionate volunteers. My deepest hope is to help fund many more scientific breakthroughs so that when others hear the scary words "you have blood cancer," they might have an easier path back to health. 

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$3,324

MONEY RAISED
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  • Alison, Abbas, Adela and Bilal Gokal

     

  • Nikitha Bangera

     

  • Nathan Kwok

     

  • Janine and Jonny Mahendran

     

  • Maryam Abdelnaby

     

  • bertha + sonny luo

     

  • Ruth and Craig Strickland

    $20

  • Chris Lee

    $60

  • Gven Saril

    $20

  • Stacy Stallard

    $20

  • Antonio & Catherine Regulsky

    $100

  • C. Woodfin

    $50

  • Park Lane Jewelry Party

    $150

  • Park Lane Jewelry Party

    $150

  • Bendck Precision, Inc.

    $200

  • Mortech Mfg

    $200

  • Christy Haines

    $100

  • Daniel & Margaret Sforza

    $20

  • Cassandra Zacarias

    $20

  • Arcadia Ultimate Automotive, Inc.

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Brielle, Brooklyn, & Kira

    $250

  • Karen Butcher

    $100

  • Andrea Younkins

    $10

  • Kristine Metcalf

    $100

  • Sandy Doremus

    $20

  • Park Lane Jewelry Party

    $65

  • Kristine Metcalf

    $100

  • Krystle Lisenby

     

  • Gail Sperling

    $100

  • Gail Sperling

    $50

  • Roxanne Garza

    $40

  • Sandy Doremus

    $20

  • Jennifer Shepherd

    $20

  • Kristine Metcalf

    $300

  • Justin Slagle

    $500

  • Bake Sale

    $44

  • Gail Sperling

    $100

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83% Raised of $4,000 Goal

The Team: $3,324 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Michelina Callari

Amount Raised

$620

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Barbara Logue Barish

Amount Raised

$500

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Kristine Metcalf

Amount Raised

$500

Fundraiser Title

Sandy Doremus

Amount Raised

$275

Fundraiser Title

Jay Lieberman

Amount Raised

$250

Fundraiser Title

Sana Mirza Kwok

Amount Raised

$245

Fundraiser Title

Ginger Williams

Amount Raised

$200

 

4% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Roxanne Garza

Amount Raised

$200

Donor Comments

Gail Sperling

Gail Sperling

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Bake Sale

Bake Sale

DONATION: $44

4 years ago

Justin Slagle

Justin Slagle

DONATION: $500

4 years ago

Kristine Metcalf

Kristine Metcalf

DONATION: $300

4 years ago

Jennifer Shepherd

Jennifer Shepherd

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Sandy Doremus

Sandy Doremus

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Roxanne Garza

Roxanne Garza

DONATION: $40

4 years ago

Gail Sperling

Gail Sperling

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Gail Sperling

Gail Sperling

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Krystle Lisenby

Krystle Lisenby

4 years ago