Thea Sphere via Crowdrise
October 13, 2014
BENEFITING: STUPID CANCER
Sixteen years ago, I was diagnosed with ki-one cell-one non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Lymph cells, which you have all over your body, manifested into cancer cells. Those cells united and the tumor grew, and surfaced, on my back right shoulder. And there it was grey, ugly, dreary and real. A single doctor appointment lead to a specialist appointment, which lead to a biopsy, which let to a follow-up appointment, which lead to an oncology appointment… “just in case.” Or so we thought.
My diagnosis and my treatment changed our lives forever. Aggressive chemotherapy, surgeries, hair loss, a plethora of other side effects and endless appointments took over. It was a long time before I ever thought I would get back to the regularly scheduled program. I am forever thankful that it did.
In the last 16 years…
I created strong relationships with my immediate family and extended family.
I graduated high school, college and graduate school.
I lived on Long Island, the Upper East Side, the Hudson Valley and Long Island (again).
I met some of the most amazing people in the entire world.
I have worked successfully in the public relations field for over 11 years.
I laughed a million laughs.
I have cooked and baked for hundreds of people. I launched Thea Sphere Sweets and made sure Sunday Night Dinners were had.
I have traveled to Israel, Poland, Mexico, Jamaica, Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Italy and all over the US of A.
I have supported the young adult cancer community through multiple organizations and causes with dedicated hours and funds.
I have loved hard, cried softly and promised myself to live each and every day to the best of my ability.
I choose to “Get Busy Living” and dedicate my volunteer life to other young adult survivors, their family and friends, and all those impacted by young adult cancer as a whole. Stupid Cancer – the organization that I wished I had when I was diagnosed – is the dominant healthcare organization for millions affected by young adult cancer.
The innovative and award-winning services serve as a bullhorn to propel the young adult cancer movement forward and the charter is to ensure that no one affected by young adult cancer go unaware of the age-appropriate support resources they are entitled to so they can “Get Busy Living.” I need your help to make an impact this Sweet 16. The organization is in need of your donation – no matter how big or small – to make sure the next Thea has what she needs when faced with the life-changing diagnosis.
Young adult cancer (age 15-39) is largely unknown in the war on cancer with 72,000 new diagnoses each year. That's one every eight minutes. Although the needle is being moved, this neglected group has limited resources, inadequate support, and, more importantly, a lack of awareness and understanding from the community around them. Young adults can and do get cancer.
Please make a donation in the honor of 16-year-old Thea and ensure no one in this special community is left alone.