Chloe (right) was diagnosed with leukemia in
2007. After 2 years of treatment she went
into remission, but then 9 months later, in
2010, she relapsed. At that point, she
needed a bone marrow transplant and her
brother Cole was thankfully a match. She
says treatment was the worst thing
because of all the needles and she lost all
her hair - 3 times total, but the best part
was her leukemia nurse, Robin. Chloe is
now in remission and is a happy, healthy 12
year old girl.
Noah (right, center) was diagnosed with acute
lymphoblastic leukemia in July 2009. He is
currently in the maintenance phase and
doing quite well. Noah’s treatment end
date is in November of 2012, so there is still
a long road ahead but he is a strong cancer
Chloe and Noah were selected as girl and man of the year, respectively, by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. One of my good friends, Joe, is a candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Man and Woman of the Year national fundraising campaign. He, along with 73 other candidates, are raising funds to help more than one million Americans who are living with various types of blood cancers.
Joe told me he is fighting for his high school friend, Nathan:
Soon after I committed to LLS/MWOY fundraiser, I heard that my good friend and former high school classmate, Nathan Lambert, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia with the attached Trisonomy 8 gene. Nathan has recently finished his second round of chemotherapy and is fighting hard to beat this illness. Watching Nathan go through this illness makes my efforts so much more important and urgent. Nathan is young, energetic, and full of life; a loving father, husband, brother, son and friend. Let’s face it, we all have had a ‘Nathan’ in our life.
I hope you will join me in making a contribution to Joe's campaign. For me, I'm donating for one of my favorite teachers, struck with a rare form of blood cancer in 2010. Collectively, our friends, neighbors and family members can live without fear of leukemia, lymphoma or any other types of blood cancers that can strike at any moment.
If you know someone with blood cancer, I invite you to give them a shout-out in the comments below. Prayer requests are also welcome.