Monday, October 6, 2008

Home Stretch

You may recall last month several blood cancer survivor friends came over to our house for a cookout. Dori said survivors and family members like us owe thanks to the thousands of generous, dedicated people who came before us - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society donors, researchers, hospital staff and many others.

She then emphasized we owe it the people who will be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Take Charge Dori and her Team are raising money for the upcoming Light the Night walk Oct. 16 in Nashville. To date, they've raised more than $2,200.

Below is a letter I'm about to send to all our friends who have donated or are considering making a donation.

Hello, Friends!

Dori and I are heading to San Francisco in less than two weeks for the Nike Women's Half Marathon and a little R&R. Yes, we're very jazzed.

To date, thanks to you all, we've raised more than $13,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, with another $2,000 of corporate matches on the way. Words cannot describe how much we appreciate you, our team of cancer activists and philanthropists. You are amazing!

As you know, I'm running for Dori and the many people we've met whose lives have been changed by blood cancers. I've made great new friends through Team in Training and logged 400 training miles since early June. Some of those miles were difficult but nothing like what Dori and our friends experienced during their chemo and/or transplants. Nothing at all.

If you still plan to make a contribution, it's not too late: My LLS friends shared some reasons (below) why any donation is important.

Many thanks, and may God bring many blessings to you like He has done for us.


A donation of $25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE
booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help
them make informed decisions about their treatment options.

A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained
facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared
among patients and family members.

A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and
materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.

A donation of $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with
health care specialists who provide patients with information about
their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions
for their health care team.

1 comment:

Christine@LLS said...

Hi Jim -

I love what you're doing here in support of your wife, Dori. I work for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and I want to thank you for all of your support. We have a new program that you might be interested in. It's a fun online casual gaming fundraiser called LLS Play2Cures.

It was developed by a father - Jim Carol - while his 11 year old son - Taylor - was undergoing treatment for a rare form of leukemia.

While Jim worked on building the idea, Taylor was the VP of Game Development and skillfully tested out each game to determine which to include. Sharing this experience helped the two overcome some tough times while Taylor was going through chemo and a bone marrow transplant. Now, they're using the idea to help raise awareness and funds for other kids just like Taylor.

I invite you to take a look at the site. It's really a ton of fun. My favorite game is LadyBug - although I can't manage to get the high score (I'm cryssteen on the leader boards).

Hope you enjoy it. And I welcome any feedback you have! And thanks for all of your support - GO TEAM!