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Mar 02, 2012
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“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity.” – Albert Einstein
I use that quote to explain to people why I don’t believe 90.8% is a high enough cure rate for the type of leukemia that my 3 year old niece, Aubri, is fighting.* To a lot of people, 90.8% is a really high number. 90.8% chance of winning the lottery? I’ll take that! 90.8% chance of landing my dream job? Awesome! 90.8% chance that my niece won’t die from cancer? Not such a great number anymore. As far as I’m concerned it’s 9.2% too low! I’m on a mission to raise money for leukemia research so we can bring that number up to 100%.
On July 27, 2011 Aubri was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Hearing the news was like a kick in the stomach. No child in our family had ever been diagnosed with a life threatening illness and I had never really given it much thought. As far as I knew all of my 11 nieces and nephews were healthy and happy kids. Until that day. It’s been a difficult time for the family but together we know we can help her win her battle.
While my niece fights the battle against leukemia in her tiny body we need doctors and scientists to battle it in laboratories, finding better treatment methods and, one day, a cure. Although the cause of leukemia remains unknown, recently developed treatments and steady advances in research bring us closer to a cure every day. These research advances were only achieved as a result of contributions made by companies, foundations and individuals such as you.
I will be completing the St. Anthony’s Olympic Distance Triathlon in honor of Aubri and all those fighting blood cancers. My goal is to raise $4,000 by March 15, 2012 (Aubri's 4th birthday!) and every single dollar donated brings me closer to that goal! Thank you for your support in this important endeavor!
*Survival for Children
From 1999 to 2006, the five-year relative survival rates for children were:
- ALL, 90.8 percent for children under 5 years old