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kyle butler - Large B cell Lymphoma cured - April 15, 2018

MY CANCER STORY; In the summer of 2014 i was diagnosed with large B-cell lymphoma. The lymphoma was eliminated with chemotherapy in February 2015. The treatment caused significant nausea, vomiting, febrile neutropenia (fever resulting from abnormally low white blood cell count), and pneumonia requiring hospitalization. In March 2015, a brain MRI revealed several cancerous lesions. These were resolved by April 2015 with whole brain radiation, as indicated by a post-treatment MRI. For a year-and-a-half, i was doing very well, even participating in a half-marathon. However, in November 2016, a mass developed in my left thigh. Doctors removed the 3.2 x 2.5cm mass, and determined it was consistent with diffuse large B-cell inter-vascular lymphoma. The removal of this mass did not eliminate the lymphoma. In early April 2017, I began receiving medications to treat complications of the cancer. Furthermore, another head CT scan revealed a 6mm cancer lesion in the left superior pons. The test also confirmed resolution of the previous lesions in the right thalamus and basal ganglia. Shortly after the 3.2 x 2.5cm mass excision, I noticed regrowth of some mass in the same area. I received five shots of radiation in April for the new growth. More scans in May 2017 revealed new adrenal cancerous nodules. I began taking the chemotherapy drugs cisplatin and cytabarine to combat the cancers. I was then hospitalized between July 23rd, 2017 and August 3rd, 2017 due to acute renal failure and hepatitis, which had been induced by cisplatin and cytabarine respectively. The complications permanently ended my chemotherapy regiment, with chemotherapy stopping in late April. I was then diagnosed with relapsed intravascular diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and leptomeningeal disease.Without the strength to endure more chemotherapy or radiation, doctors could do nothing more, and i was forced to try an alternative treatment. In early May, i began researching for alternative treatment where I came across Dr. Musa's email address, i contacted him and explained my issues to him, he assured me that everything was going to be alright and all i have to do is to follow his instructions and use his herbal medicine as prescibed by him. I started off with small rice-grain sized doses as prescribed by Dr. Musa so as not to over dose my self until i get use to the medicine, after a week i then upped the dosage to a gram a day, and within two weeks i noticed beneficial effects in general, feeling better and having more appetite. On October 30th, 2017, i had a follow-up examination which revealed i was doing much better since being off chemotherapy, and that the left thigh mass “actually regressed spontaneously.” A months later in Another exam from November 24th, 2017, the results revealed that there were no more traces and from the Doctor's statement i have fully recovered. up till now am doing well with no re-occurrence. Thanks to Dr. Musa's herbal medicine.

Kimberly - Renal Cell Carcinoma Stage 3 at 43 years old - April 12, 2018

In April 2016 I was diagnosed with heart failure at the age of 42. I had picked up an upper respiratory infection that attacked my lungs and heart. I am blessed to say that then my injection fraction was only 15% then but now is 50-55% (that is how they measure how much of it is working). During 2017 I was constantly weak, tired and had lower abdominal pain. I went to the ER three times and each time, after they CT scanned me, they would say they didn't know what was causing my pain, etc so they would send me home with pain meds and that was it. Around October 2017 I went online and viewed my patient portal for that ER and saw all of my CT Scan reports. I noticed each time there was a "lesion" growing in my left kidney. It was getting bigger and bigger. They had never told me about a lesion. I printed the reports and headed to my PCP. By this point my lymphnodes were painful and swelling under my arms, breast & pelvic area. My PCP sent me to get a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound. Both came back clear. She referred me to an oncologist. The oncologist immediately thought I was there to see her for kidney cancer. I was sitting there in shock......I told her no of course. I didn't know I had kidney cancer. She referred me to a Oncology Urology Surgeon and after a biopsy it was confirmed as Renal Cell Carcinoma. I learned that doctors do not move as fast as you would hope. I was panicked, however they did not seem to be. I am young and have three young children so my world was definitely rocked again by a major illness. By February 14, 2018 the tumor had grown from .6cm (starting June 2016) to 5 cm February 2018. My surgeon went in to do a partial nephrectomy but upon taking out the tumor he found that the cancer had spread to the fatty tissue in the kidney. He had to remove my left kidney along with my left ureter. The results came back that I had Stage 3 RCC. I am now on a chemo med, which I just started today, called Sutent. My right kidney is struggling a bit but I am told that is normal at first. I feel better physically however I am nervous about the future since I was told I can now get cancer in my lungs, brain, other kidney or the space where my left kidney was removed. I am depressed because of my hair loss but currently looking for support groups in my area. God has this I know.

Emily Corbett - March 14, 2018

Emily Corbett

In August of 2016, one of my closest friends, Nancy, was diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer. We were shocked and we were heartbroken, but everyone that knew her immediately began trying to raise awareness for this horrible disease. Nancy was never self concious or afraid to talk about her diagnosis. She told her story to anyone who would listen. I joined a Relay for Life team in her honor. Then, I found Choose Hope. I wanted to do something special for her, because over Labor Day weekend in 2016, several of her friends, including me, got to go to Gulf Shores. She couldn’t go because she had just had surgery. So I ordered us both one of your “Hope” rings. I sent hers along with a bag of sand I collected on Fort Morgan for her. She loved her ring and we both wore them every day. Even after surgeries and treatments, Nancy unfortunately passed away in March of 2017 after her battle with cancer. It was just too aggressive and brain cancer is so misunderstood that there was nothing else they could do. I miss her every day. I’m now the captain of my Relay for Life team, and I began working for the Anerican Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network in her memory and I am now an ambassador team lead for my congressional district. I meet with lawmakers to discuss prioritizing cancer research funding and to help make the voices of patients, survivors, and those we’ve lost heard. I still wear my ring every single day, although I’ve now had to buy a second one because I wore the other one so long that it was worn out. Choose Hope gave us something so small but it was somehow so meaningful to the two of us. It will forever be a memory I treasure with Nancy and I’m glad I can wear it and carry a little piece of her with me everywhere I go.

Akiela Lynch - March 14, 2018

Akiela Lynch

Okay so here’s my story of survival! My name is Akiela and I was 20 years old when I was diagnosed & first started having the symptoms of what I had no clue was cancer. After a while I started to think I had bone cancer because of the way my pain was. The doctors diagnosed me many, many different health issues. But the whole time it was NONE of the things they said! Whole time it was cancer and they didn’t even know. I mean multiple different diagnoses such as: Strained hamstring, Sciatica, Possibly gout, Bunion formation in which they suggested I receive the cortisone shot (Injection in foot). I️ also received X-rays of foot because they were so sure and determined a bunion was forming on my right foot. Because that’s the side all of my pain was on. I experienced severe Back pain and Drop foot. I️ was told that I could possibly have Pinched nerve as well as a Slipped / herniated disk in my back. I’ve gotten all this work done & I still wasn’t getting any better. Even with the strongest of the strongest medications, nothing helped. I was Losing weight like crazy I went from 120 to 98lbs. in less than a month. I’d received MRI , on several occasions. I had gotten lots and lots of blood work done, and still nothing. I was Not happy with services provided by Kaiser, for a long time they just keep blowing me off and sending me home because they thought nothing serious was wrong with me. I was receiving Constant medication & diagnoses but no cure. The pain initially started in April of 2017 in left leg, in which I though I was having really bad muscle spasms (Charlie horses). I went to the doctor for that and they prescribed me muscle relaxers. Yeah they worked, at least I thought they did because the pain went away. But it came back a month later, this time it transitioned over to my right leg and at this point it was unbearable. It was just so Frustrating because we couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. I couldn’t sleep, walk, drive, couldn’t stand or sit for long periods of time. And I was unable to work. It was times when my Toes would just lock up on me. There were time when I couldn’t bend my toes or even pull my toes toward me. There were time when I couldn’t even get out the bed, because I couldn’t feel my body from the neck down. I was going to Urgent care back to back to back. I was going to the Emergency room back to back. There were times when the ER refused to give me an MRI when I asked time & time again. I’ve dealt with so much Pain, Numbness, Tingling. Not being able to feel my right leg, my Ankle being swollen, my Leg being swollen, my Foot being swollen. Everything was just so Uncomfortable to me. I was unable to go #2, everything was just terrible. They referred me to a Physical therapist, that didn’t work either. For 6 months, I was having these awkward, unusual pains because I had what’s called Intermediate Grade Myxoid Liposarcoma. It’s a rare tissue cancer. Liposarcoma is a rare cancer of connective tissues that resemble fat cells under a microscope. Liposarcoma can occur in almost any part of the body, but more than half of liposarcoma cases involve the thigh, and up to a third involve the abdominal cavity. Liposarcoma tends to affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. When it does occur in children, it is usually during the teenage years. That’s why doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with with me. It’s a very, very, very! Rare type of cancer, especially rare for my age. I wasn’t properly diagnosed until October 19, 2017. 6 months of unusual, senseless pain. My treatment consisted of 5 weeks of radiation treatment, my treatment was 5 days a week Monday-Friday. My sessions were only 5 minutes of being on the table, IF that long. Radiation was pretty fast. Thankfully I didn’t have to get chemotherapy! The tumor was so enlarged, doctors were asking me was I sure I wasn’t pregnant because it was that big. They thought maybe I could be “pregnant in my back” but I wasn’t & I knew for a fact. After radiation treatment it shrunk to 10cm. It was in my abdomen area by the way, if you guys are wondering exactly where it was. Once radiation was done, I was able to go through with the surgery to get the rest of the tumor out. Luckily, it didn’t spread to any of my organs or any other parts of my body. When the surgery date finally came March 2, 2018. 95% of the tumor was dead, which was a good thing. The only risk factors myself and the surgeon faced was the fact that it was so close to some important nerves and if they weren’t super careful they could’ve bumped some nerves and I could’ve faced, possible nerve damage. There is SOME temporary nerve damage but it’ll come back with time. But today I️ am 100% cancer free! I just thank God everyday for the strength He gave me. I remained humble, kept my faith and hope high. I don’t tell my story for glory, I share my story so that other may know Hope. Don’t let cancer win, don’t let it take over! Fight it! FIGHT! No one fights alone, I support everyone! You’re never alone!

Becky Towery - my fight - March 10, 2018

Okay this is my story, I've been fighting ovarian cancer twice once in 2005, and now I'm going threw it now in 2017 and still going threw it, I've had a seven hour surgery too remove for tumor from my belly, and I've been doing lupron injections every three months which is like a blocker too keep the cancer from coming back, but now I started with pain in my belly again so my doctor thinks the cancer could be back so more testes should show me if it has! In a fighter and I will keep fighting!

Melanie Finlay - Climbing a mountain since 2015 - February 12, 2018

In 2015 started having a sensation, something crawling through my skull and by Dec got worse. January 2, 2016 watching TV and I lost my eyesight, then it came back. Went to Doc ran a MRI (because they had been monitoring a brain tumor since the 1990's)long story short grew a lot! No Neurosurgeon would touch me in the area so was referred to Indy. The tumor was located between the pituitary gland and brain stem. After a couple trips to the hospitals with issues I finally had surgery May 2016. Was a 10hr surgery. Pathology came back Low grade chrondrosarcoma. After yrs of being told it wasn't cancer to finding out that it was, was a bit of a shock! Went home was doing well from surgery, 5 weeks later got bacterial meningitis in my blood and spinal fluid, a week later woke up in ICU with a 4yr old mentality(I am 45) and not understanding anything. Had to relearn everything all over again (walking, thinking, showering etc) lost all my long and short term memory (still in therapy for this) Starting August 2016-Oct 2016 had Proton Beam Radiation for 8 weeks. Came home and have been in and out of Physical, Speech and OT therapies off and on throughout the year, waiting for my brain to mature. Last week finally got my long term back! I was very excited! I have come a long way and hopefully get my license back in April 2018. My last scan showed no new growth and its still dying.

Renae LeFrancois - Colon Cancer - December 26, 2017

I am going to tell my story so it may be a little long.....On Jan 27, 2015 ..I was diagnosed with Stage 3A colon cancer, how it was discovered was..I was at work and it was time for my break so as usual I went to the break room sitting and talking with other co-workers when suddenly I felt something wet so I quickly got up run to the bathroom and there it was 2 huge clots of blood well I didnt know what to think so I went to a co-worker and told her what had happened to me, she wanted me to call my Dr., so I did and they wanted me to go to the hospital right away...well the ER doctor examined me said she was going to admit me because there was a lot of blood and she was going to do a colonoscopy in the came back Cancer.. needless to say I had the long routine of going to a specialist getting checked and checked again...I started chemo and radiation 5 days a week for 6 weeks...luckily it shunk the tumor so then 4 motnhs later I had surgery and then had a port put in to do more chemo...which I only did 2 rounds and I had a carry pump hooked to me putting the chemo into my system..which i did 2 times a month..I was getting real sick from it so I stopped it against my oncologist reccomendation..I had to have a colocospy bag which I had for 6 October of 2015 I was cancer free and so far I still am. so what i want to say is STAY STRONG...IT CAN BE BEAT!!!

Deborah Wallace Roseboom - Not Again! - November 2, 2017

I lost my Dad 2 years ago to pancreatic cancer. He only lived 3 months from diagnosis. In May of this year (2017), my Mom was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones. We have been in and out of the hospital several times since then, mostly for pain control, but also for radiation treatments. She is taking an oral chemo medication to stop the growth, but it is terminal. I am an only child and her primary caregiver. It's so hard to watch her waste away and be in so much pain. She and my Dad are the best parents anyone could ask for. I was never able to have children,so when they are gone, I am all that is left. I know I will feel so alone, but I will always be grateful to have had them in my life.I can only hope that both of them know\knew how much I loved and respected them.

Angela Wrzos - October 22, 2017

We walked in our 1st Light the Night for my 34 yr old sister in law that was diagnosed with CML Leukemia this past spring. Our entire family chose the "No One Fights Alone" orange ribbon tshirt from and everyone received them without fail. However, our order was lost and UPS told us the conflict would take 8 days to resolve...the event was in 3 days. At about 12:00am, I sent an email with the details. The next morning, I received a voicemail stating that you re-sent us the order, don't worry about UPS because you would take care of it, and we received our shirts the next day!! We had our shirts for the walk and our entire family matching (@50 people). I am so impressed with your customer service and so very thankful! You really helped to make this event special for us, thank you so much!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!

Annie - My Mom Gall Bladder - October 8, 2017

My Mom past away 2 years ago with gall bladder cancer. Alwsys kept all her appointments with doctors . Until one day she was getting sick went to the hospital had to get the surgery half of liver had to be remove and they found the cancer. They gave my mom six months to year. And she died within that year.

Anthony - Squamous cell carcinoma - September 25, 2017

Thank you Linda for sharing your story. I just went through the exact same thing. Dentist, specialist, surgeons etc. Now I'm starting my road to recovery. I have a long journey ahead, to get were you are at,but I know I can make it. I have a great support team, & your story gave me more inspiration. Thank you & God bless you and yours.

Patty Collins - September 22, 2017

I am an 8 (yes, I said 8) time survivor of primary peritoneal carcinoma. This is a rare form of ovarian cancer, which does not originate in the ovaries. Since 2005, I have had 3 cancer surgeries, and 8 years of chemo for this lovely disease. I would be treated, go into remission, only to relapse in 6 months or so, and go back on chemo. I have now been in remission for 2 years and my oncologist and I are praying for a long term or permanent remission. I still live my life from one oncologist appointment to the next, which is every 3 months. However, i am determined that cancer will not control my life, and I enjoy each day as a gift. I facilitate a cancer support group for all types of cancer, for newly diagnosed, in treatment, survivors, and their caregivers.

Amy Lee Lemasters - Miss - August 25, 2017

Amy Lee Lemasters - Miss

My name is Amy lemasters I have stage three lipoma scarcoma and been having chemo and I start radiation in a few months then surgery again it's really tuff cancer sucks and not having money to pay bills is too.i wish I could get a little help with everything.

Kelly Caufield - My father; My Hero - August 24, 2017

Kelly Caufield - My father; My Hero

I am participating in Light the Night because in May of 2016, I was personally touched by cancer. People always think, "No, cancer will never get me," because it is true, most people do not believe that they would acquire cancer in their lifetime. I know because I am one of those people with that same thinking, or rather 'I was'. Growing up I never knew of anyone that had cancer. Incidentally, I am not aware of anyone who sets up a cancer savings fund, just in case. Then in 2005, my father-in-law contracted the worst kind of brain cancer. I remember feeling sort of a panicky feeling in the beginning as his doctor informed us that he had a mere 3-6 months, at most, to live. However, I believe that due to his remarkable outlook on life and his illness, that God gifted him three more years of life! Life continued on, years passed by and things transpired; life went on to exist, until March of 2016, my dad became very ill with a variety of odd symptoms, the worst being bone pain. He was living in and out of the hospital. His symptoms consisted of severe arm, leg, elbow, chest pain, high fevers, internal bleeding and coughing up blood. They fixed the internal bleeding and sent him home with a misdiagnoses of bacterial pneumonia, where his condition worsened by the days and months. The doctors, baffled by my dad's mysterious symptoms, finally decided to perform a bone marrow biopsy FOUR months later, where they discovered tons of cancer cells. That day they diagnosed Dad with acute myeloid leukemia. It had finally hit home, especially since he and I were so close. I remember that I was at my mom’s house when my husband came to tell me of the bad news. He had stopped by the hospital at the exact moment they were telling my dad the news. Without even thinking, I booked out the front door as fast as my legs would allow and without shoes and I ran, ran and ran, until finally collapsing to the ground. I looked up toward the sky and asked God, “Why?” “So much tragedy has happened in my life, why would you allow my father to get such an illness,” but you see, after a lot of pondering, I discovered it wasn’t about me, but it was about my dad and his journey and what I could do to help. I had just recently chosen to try to reconcile my relationship with God after many years. I just needed to remember that God does allow miracles to happen and to not let my anger get in the way. I am extremely sad to say that my father lost his battle to AML. He is now at peace. I recall his wife had texted my sister and I early on the morning of August 24th, 2016 to tell us to hurry and get there. I unfortunately missed saying an official goodbye, as he was already gone by the time I arrived. Therefore, I walked into his house and just rested on the bedside next to him, held his hand and sobbed. A couple of days before he passed, he told me what a great job that I was doing for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, handed me a $500.00 donation check and asked me to continue the fight of all fights, in his honor, as well as all of the others; especially the children. This is why raising funds for blood cancers is so very important to me, because I want a cure found so nobody else has to endure such a tragic situation. I want to help save lives, because to me, your life is a gift from God. So one might ask, “How do we cure cancer?” The answer is, “DONATE.” My father is my biggest hero! I won't ever stop until there is more funding for research, more research centers and better patient quality of life! I also made him promises on things in my life that I would change and I am working hard on them, for I want him to smile down upon me. We never know what tomorrow can bring our way, therefore, we should not judge, but rather love. I now realize that perhaps I didn't have it so bad off before with my health conditions or other things, as compared to others' struggles. I have gained much admiration for cancer survivors and their families. Why I am fundraising: By raising funds and walking in The Light the Night walk event, I am participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's lifesaving mission and I would really appreciate your support! The funds I raise helps fund important cancer research, supports cancer patient programs and services, and goes toward other important activities that help save lives from cancer. Why I volunteer with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: By walking in a Light the Night event, I join more than one million global volunteers who are dedicated to finishing the fight against cancer. This is my opportunity to honor the cancer survivors in my life, remember friends and family I have lost, and to raise funds to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's lifesaving mission. Please join my team or make a donation in support of my efforts. Together, we WILL finish the fight! I WILL ALWAYS WORK to finish my dad's battle...until my last breath is taken. **"Tomorrow, I will for the second time, be losing my father to leukemia, as on 08/24/2017 will mark the 1 year anniversary of his death. Omg do I ever need you in my life right now, as all is crumbling down around me. I have been thinking over the past few days about the advice you would give me if we were sitting side by side and, well, I'm rather stumped. You see I kept most of my very private life from him, because I just never wanted to burden him. He knew though, a bit of the struggles my husband and I were having, but he never had a clue, as to the worst of it. I feel so completely lost without him, that some days, I just wished I were up there with him. So, I wonder what he'd say?"** All the best, Kelly Caufield

Coni - Cancer the Devil - August 22, 2017

The first time I was really aware of cancer was when in 1981 when my baby boy who was 22 months old had a Welms tumor, I lost him!!! Than my dad had to have bypass surgery they found cancer and gave him 6 months to a year he made it 6 months!!! Then I had two very good close friends from work die because of it, one was in his 70s the other just turned 50 and was fighting for custody of his son!!! Then of course I got it, they first told me I hd stage 5 lung cancer but come to find out really 4. Anyway, I did the chemo than the radiation and was out of ways but than comes a trial and my doctor came into the room smiling and said I was going to be in the study!!! It was for Updivo, that changed my life. I'm still taking it (it's been 3years) and will forever, but I think I have survivers remorse because I'm still around but my family and friends aren't. Most days I don't even think about it but there are the days I do and I can't do anything about it. But God, family and friends help!!! I have two mottos one being stay positive and stay away from anything negative. the other is NEVER GIVE UP!!! Thank you for letting me tell my story.

Chaurie Van Driel - Fighting back against brain Cancer - August 20, 2017

In April 2007, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Brain Tumor. At first, the doctors gave a year and a half to live. Then, they sent me to Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah and after surgery and Chemotherapy, I'm NIW celebrating my 10 year "Cancerversary".

Angela Bowling - My Husband and best friend of 30 yrs to Pancreatic cancer 6/7/17. - August 19, 2017

I have been with him since I was 19 years old and he was 27 years old. I was his third wife. How was young but wanted to have my own family and we had two boys they were seven years apart. We more than not had a great life but no matter what, Tim was the best husband father friend provider and was very supportive of everything we done. Not only did he go out and work everyday, he always did what needed to be done whether it was fixing things around the house the car helping with the boys from changing diapers to helping with extracurricular activities as they got older. He was a jack-of-all-trades but a master of none. In December of 2001 Tim got colon cancer and they took out part of his colon. We thought we were through with all that until 14 years later but I guess God had other plans because it came back with a vengeance on his pancreas and he is been fighting it for 3 years now. It went from his pancreas to his lungs his lymph nodes and liver and boy did he fight and he fought it hard. They did a Whipple surgery and they told him he was cancer-free one month and the next they said he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer. His biggest fear in leaving was it of death because he knew he would be in heaven with God. It was because he didn't want to hurt me and the boys he loved his family more than anything. Tim was 56 years old he was way too young to die and it is not for me to ask why because I'm sure God has his reasons. I wanted to be so selfish and just keep taking care of him but I couldn't anymore because I sat beside him day after day watching him suffer. He was losing his vision he was very confused and didn't know where he was most of the time but it's in God's hands now. I had told him it was okay to go with God to be with his father Cleve and his brother Daniel. He told me that he would be our personal angel, mine, his children and his precious baby girl Blake. I have tried to be so strong but sometimes I just couldn't control it and I had high so he wouldn't know that I was upset. But I had the biggest support from my boys my family and a couple close friends and the special light in my life my granddaughter Blake. This is to my son's Shane and Cory. I know sometimes I wasn't the best mother and I have made a lot of mistakes. I'm so sorry but I can't change the past but know this, that from this moment on... I promise that I will be the best mother and Grammy that I can be and like Blake you two are also that special light that will keep me going. I love you both from the bottom of my heart and I always will as long as I live and through eternity!!!

Kelly Caufield - Member with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - June 26, 2017

"Be a Voice, in someone’s Darkness” I never imagined that I would be here writing on a topic such as cancer, but here I sit, writing, as cancer has now stolen a piece of my heart. When my dad was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, is when I began to fight the fight. Two days before my dad lost his courageous battle; I looked straight into his sunken eyes and with wobbling cheeks, vowed that I would now take over. “Daddy, you’ve fought so hard. You can now let go of your ugly pain and run into the arms of your angels. I promise that I will continue to fight this battle, in your honor; until my last breath has been taken.” Today, one of my biggest passions is working alongside some remarkable individuals. They are the women and men who are affiliated with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Boise. Our mission: “To cure leukemia, Hodgkin’s & myeloma, as well as improving the quality of life for patients and their families.” (“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” 2017). One of our all-time favorite annual events is called, “Light the Night.” Think of it the way that our delightful instructor, Eva, taught us on how to ‘think BIG’ when using the bubble method, but instead, ‘think WALK.’ Now here is where the true camaraderie steps in! “Join approximately one million people at 150 inspirational evening walks across the U.S. and Canada, all walking to end cancer: (“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” 2017). You’ll notice the cancer survivors as they strut their stuff carrying a white lantern. Red lanterns are carried by supporters from all walks of life and those whom have lost a loved one(s) will walk bravely with their gold lanterns in hand. We strive to provide inspiration to all cancer patients, survivors and their families by offering tips on how to hold on to hope and teaching courage. We consist of a social family with one common goal in mind. You can find us via social media on the Web, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Awareness plays a vital role by educating patients and family members on where to find important information such as, support groups, learning about early detection, displaying advertisements across the country and access to affordable treatments. Participating is a very simple process and you can do so in a myriad of ways. Volunteers are brought on board; offering their services for free. Without volunteers, it is most likely that LTN would cease to exist. Members of our community display talented teamwork and make certain that LTN will be a great success. You begin by registering either online at,, phoning your district’s LLS office or via the mobile app. You can create your own team or join an existing team. There is no cost to register and LTN will surely make your heart smile. Once you’ve registered and established your fundraising and team pages, you do just that – fundraise. There are numerous ways in which to engage your target audience. Ask friends, family and co-workers to support your efforts. Hop onto Google, as there you will find hundreds of ways in which to earn donations. Our goal is to gather as many donations as possible, for without donations significant cancer treatments would not be possible; amongst other factors. We rely upon donations which go toward bettering a blood cancer patient’s quality of life, funding more research centers and finding cures.

Warren Taylor - June 10, 2017

My Family and Friends have adopted the saying " No one Fights Alone" for my motto. Never written anything, but I wrote this in honor of my family and Friends who battle with me. WT No One Fights Alone When I go to bed at night My mind shows me the fight I sometimes shiver to the bone But I know I am not alone My family and Friends are there To wrap there arms around me like a bear I know there are days that can be rough Those are the the times I get tough I look forward when the sun comes up I put a lot of love in my cup I begin my day with many smiles Knowing that I have to walk many miles Because there are things that won't be fun I gain strength from the warmth of the sun I can not comprehend The Love I feel from Family and Friends I look to the heaven above So I can feel the love That I can be shown That "No One Fights Alone" -Warren Taylor

Christan Beckley - My Story - June 7, 2017

A month ago I was enjoying life, 20 yrs old, working and going to School, but before you know it BAAM, I went to the ER because I wasn't feeling well. I had a fever that wouldn't break, so I was admitted for that and low and behold they took some blood and found out that I have Leukemia never in a million years I would have Cancer. I must say I'm scared, but I know God got me I start Chemo sometime this evening , so I solicit your prayers


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