I have not been shy in sharing my personal experience with stage 2 nasopharyngeal carcinoma, which I was diagnosed and treated for in 2008. Now five years out of treatment and in remission and care free, I am living my "new life" that included two beautiful daughters -- my blissful life is complete! But, even though I get to wake up and celebrate each new day -- you learn from battling cancer that we all live on borrowed time and to cherish each and every day we can live in remission as a gift -- there are others who continue to find a current or new cancer diagnosis, as well as those we lost to soon.
No matter what form of cancer you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with, a cancer diagnosis is felt the same way by those who hear the dreaded words, "You have cancer." Having walked the cancer journey walk and battled through chemo and radiation treatments to be here today with a new lease on life, I still can't forget about my days at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and all the people I saw during my treatment and continue to see when going for follow ups. I met so many people, including young adults and elderly with different forms of cancer, with breast cancer, leukemia and lymphoma being the most popular of the cancers seen. My cancer is rare, as only 2% of the US population will be diagnosed with it. Go figure, right? I listened to the other cancer patients stories, and became part of their journey as they, too, showed up oftentimes daily, to receive cancer treatment in the form of chemo and/or radiation. While I only keep in touch with a few people I met during my cancer treatment -- most cancer survivors don't want to be reminded of their treatments and opt not to keep in touch with fellow cancer patients -- I still make a point to donate to various cancer organizations and walk in local walks that raise funds to support research and access to treatment. I so hope that in my lifetime, or my girls' lifetime that a cure for cancer is found, and that no other person, especially children have to hear the words, "You have cancer" EVER AGAIN.
One walk that I will be participating in this fall in honor of those who lost their lives to leukemia, that I met during my cancer journey, will be the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Walk in South Windsor, CT on October 16th at the Promenade Shops at the Evergreen Walk.
I hope you will join me in walking to end cancer by joining The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Walk fundraising campaign, which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases, and to shine a light on finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
One group that deserves our attention is children with cancer. Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and adolescents less than 20 years old. While extraordinary progress has been made in blood cancer treatments, the journey back to a healthy life can be a long one. For these kids, returning to school means additional challenges, from maintaining friendships to keeping up with schoolwork.
You can make an impact.
This year, Sylvan Learning is partnering with LLS through Light The Night, with a commitment to raise $250,000 and to donate more than 12,000 hours of free tutoring services in nearly 200 communities nationwide to help young blood cancer patients and their families with the transition back to school.
Here’s how you can help:
Here’s how you can help:
- There are nearly 200 Light the Night walks nationwide this fall. It’s easy to walk by registering and joining a team.
- Learn more about how LLS and Sylvan are helping young cancer patients and their families manage -- click here now.
- Find a walk in your area, and join a Sylvan Learning walk team in supporting this great cause.
I’m going to join Light the Night with my family. Won’t you join us? Let’s all walk to the end of cancer and, at the same time, you can help kids get back into the swing of school, often while they are still undergoing treatment.
To learn more about the Light the Night Walk to end cancer, click here now.
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