In June 2004 I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. At the time, I was scared to death. Lymphoma, after all, is cancer, and I'd never been sick with anything serious in my whole life.
But I was lucky. Hodgkins, it turns out, is highly treatable. And I had great health care coverage. Chemo and radiation beat the cancer, and I've been clean since 2005.
When I was first diagnosed, one of the first places I turned to for help was the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. LLS put me in touch with people who had been treated for Hodgkins, and sent me lots of materials about what to expect from treatment. If I had needed it, LLS would have covered my copays and even parking when I went to treatments.
LLS remains very important to me. I have supported them in the years since, impressed by LLS's commitment not just to research, but also to supporting patients, especially those who can't afford to pay for their own care.
On Sept. 29 I'll be walking with fellow lymphoma survivors, friends, families, supporters … to raise money for LLS.
Please consider making a gift of any size. No amount is too small…
- A donation of $30 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.
Please make a donation to support my participation in the Light The Night Walk and help save lives. Be sure to check my Web site frequently to see my progress, and thanks for your support!??
Donate here: http://pages.lightthenight.org/wa/SeattleL12/RWalker