I learned this past year that the best gifts you can give someone struggling with cancer are more time with their family and hope. A fighter needs to believe. And the more time they have with their family friends, the stronger their ability to place trust in hope.
It is a cycle of the greatest complexity.
I have talked before about losing my friend Gina…and in such a short time. But this past year, a close friend of mine lost her brother. This loss was also excruciatingly quick. Jon was a brother, a son, a husband and a father to two little ones. As you can imagine it was heartbreaking for everyone who knew him. Eight months later, it still is. But I knew then it was hope that kept him going. It was hope that gave him the strength to fight for extra days with his family.
And the older I get, the more aware I am that there will be more Ginas and more Jons in my world.
And I will want hope to carry me through.
That’s why I’m happy to share the story of the Leukemia and Lymphoma’s Light the Night with you… a beautiful event that does so much in just a few hours…. it raises much needed funds for research and treatment that saves the lives of patients each and every day, it assists with patient support services, and it provides inspiration and hope – for survivors, for the people currently fighting, for families and for those walking in memory of the loved ones they’ve lost.
According to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, 40 years ago, small people with leukemia only had a 3% chance of surviving, but now, kiddos like Kaidyn have a much bigger reason to smile. They are fighting a battle that so many are winning. Can you stand how adorable he is? I suspect he would run my kids in to the ground with all of his energy, but I can only imagine the hurt that lies behind that smile and how much of a battle he has put up to get back to this happy place. With the help of organizations like the LLS, with the help of events like Light the Night 90% of children with Leukemia survive.
The Light the Night events happen in close to 200 communities each Fall. You can easily find one close to you and register. (Just look at how many options you have!) If you can’t make the date nearby, you can certainly choose instead to donate to support a team that is already scheduled to walk.
Consider it your good deed for the day (or the month for that matter).
Here is a video that will share some of the most recent event.
Now go register. And THANK YOU.
Now, take the time to read from a few of my friends who also feel strongly about this event as well.
Disclosure: I’m proud to be working with LLS to share information about Light the Night in the hopes that more people (like you) will think about joining in or sharing the Walk with friends.