Light The Night Walk

July 25, 2013 · 9 comments

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk. The opinions and text are all mine. Compensation earned from this post series will be donated to the LLS Light The Night Walk in honor of Luke Russell (in remission for five years!)

My cousin and I were standing at the end of the sidewalk across the street from my house when I told her what killed my Dad. “It was cancer…in his brain.” and she was all, “yeah but what IS that??” And because I’m the older cousin with all the knowledge I very carefully explained that my Dad was SO smart his brain just kept growing. It got bigger and bigger until it was so big his head just couldn’t hold it any longer. So it blew up.

By fourth grade I had a better grasp about what happened and when we were all assigned presentations about a subject of our choice that was covered in the encyclopedias we were given. I received the letter B and C and chose to teach the class about butterflies and cancer.

My Dad’s cancer was my first brush with cancer, but not my last. My step dad was also diagnosed and died 16 months later. It can be devastating, but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. My Mom has been in remission from breast cancer for ten years (YAY!). One of my best friend’s husband, Luke Russell has been in remission from Lymphoma for five years (YAY!). How many more people can I list here? My friends mothers and fathers, blog friends, aunts and uncles, my kids school friends…there are too many.

When I hear about families dealing with the diagnosis of cancer I feel like I wish I could do more to help them. Too often we feel like we’re at the mercy of the chaos this disease brings to our families and friends and I’m thankful for the research that is done and the strides that have been made to cure it.

This year I’ll be joining the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk, an event that has partnered with Burlington  for the last 11 years, raising more than $16 million to help fund cancer treatments and lifesaving research:

“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk funds treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments and the most promising cancer research anywhere. And it’s all happening now. Not someday, today.

Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams and consumers help by donating at retail outlets. These efforts culminate in inspirational, evening walks in nearly two hundred communities each fall across North America.”

I hope you’ll join me and consider registering for a Light The Night event at a city near you!

Read from more bloggers sharing inspiring stories of impact from Light the Night.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk. The opinions and text are all mine. Compensation earned from this post series will be donated to the LLS Light The Night Walk in honor of Luke Russell (in remission for five years!)

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{ 9 comments }

Darcy July 26, 2013 at 7:02 am

Yay for remission! I lost a grandfather to cancer and my dad was diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago. It’s such an emotional roller coaster. <3

Mama Kat July 26, 2013 at 7:08 am

It really is hard to watch and it seems everyone is touched by it somehow. Needs to be stopped.

Jessica T July 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

This year marked the tenth anniversary if losing my mom to ovarian cancer, my husbands fifth year in remission from lymphoma and my littles 2 birthday(for a happy note ;-) ) all in june. Cancer affects too many of us for sure

Kat July 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

Ugh, I’m so sorry! I wish nobody had to experience the devastation of cancer.

cyndy July 27, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I am SO glad you posted this! My daughter’s boyfriend has T-cell lymphoma and we would love to join our local walk. I can’t wait to tell her about this! THANK YOU!

Kat July 28, 2013 at 9:10 am

That’s great news!! I joined our local walk too!

Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect July 29, 2013 at 7:22 am

Woohoo for Light the Night Walk! I worked for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for almost three years, and my family has walked in LTN for several years in memory of my grandpa. I adore the event and the cause, and am thankful for the work they do.

(Obviously, “woohoo” is the opposite of what I want to say in response to the ways you and your family have been affected by cancer. Losing both your dad and stepdad seems like a cruel joke, and I’m so sorry for all your losses.)

Lucille July 30, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I lost my husband to AML on April 2, 2013, he was diagnosed on November 1, 2013. He fought the fight, he did go into remission for six weeks, but he lost his battle.

My prayers go out all who suffer from cancer and hope all can beat this horrible disease. God Bless

Jenny July 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Sorry for your losses, I know personally how hard it can be. August 22nd will be the 5yr anniversary of losing my Mom to Lymphoma. This will be my 2nd year walking in The Light The Night Walk and I can not wait for our Portland walk! Last year was a great experience, and so much more then I expected to be. My son loved walking with me, and this year my 2yr old daughter will be accompanying us also! Congratulations on joining the walk! Together we can all make a difference. :-)

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