Please support me as I take on an incredible challenge to make an impact in the fight to end breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® isn’t just a 60-mile walk over the course of three days—it’s a journey to end breast cancer.
... I know that all of us are constantly bombarded by fund raising efforts, whether it be for the local sports team, school band, firefighters, or National causes such as this. At times it just gets overwhelming and the first reaction is to just say "no". I don't know if you know my history or not, but this is my story...
Four months after our first son was born (1986), almost to the day, I was diagnosed with Acute Myelomonocytic Leukemia. I entered the hospital and began chemotherapy two days after diagnosis and spent the first year of our new son's life in the hospital. Needless to say this was a very stressful time for both my husband and I. On top of this, I almost died on Christmas due to an infection (meningitis) that raised my temperature to over 103 degrees. My doctor had agreed to let me go home for a few hours so I could spend Christmas at home with my family and it almost killed me. When Robert took me back to the hospital my doctor asked him for his work and home phone numbers and told him not to go anywhere other than work or home for the next few days just in case he had to contact him. He stayed at the hospital for two days with me, to heck with going home. Luckily, I had a very astute nurse who recognized the symptoms and literally saved my life on Christmas Day.
Needless to say, I became friends with several of the other patients on the floor, many of whom were undergoing treatment for leukemia. Those folks didn't make it. One of them was a young woman (Christina) younger than we were and it really brought the reality of the disease home to both of us. On the positive side, I went into remission almost 11 months after my diagnosis and have been in remission for 32 years this October. They consider a cancer patient "cured" if they don't relapse within 15 years. The experience made me very committed to ANY cancer cause or fund raiser. Robert and I continue to donate to different charities related to cancer research and treatment and this is the reason Robert has been a blood donor for over 30 years.
I guess the point of this message is to let you know this is not just another fund raiser for either of us. We have been touched by cancer and have seen how devastating and unforgiving it can be. SO, thank all of you for any level of support you can give, whether it be monetarily or just kind thoughts. You have no idea just by donating to this cause, how you might affect a stranger's life...maybe even save it.
Take care and God Bless.