My Fundraising Page
Mar 24, 2011
Racing to Save Lives
Welcome to my Team In Training home page.
I'm training to participate in an endurance event as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I am completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers, all of those who have won their battle, and also for all of those people that will one day be told "You have cancer" . These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!
Don't hesitate to donate if you dont' have alot to give, every dollar counts!
If you have a moment please read about why I was inspired to do this.
This is my amazing niece Chloe. Right after she turned 4 She was diagnosed with Leukemia. Chloe fought for 2 years and at the end of those 2 years was cancer free. They had a huge party for her which was a very big deal because in those 2 years Chloe wasn't able to do all of the things that a healthy child would be able to do like play with friends everyday, go bowling, or even go to dinner with her family.
She enjoyed a cancer free life for a few months that were all to short for her and her family. In September 2007 at the age of 6 she was experiencing extreme pain in her arm. After several tests they were told the horrible words "the leukemia is back" Only 2% of this particular type of cancer relapses and Chloe unfortunately was one of them.
Chloe went into round 2 of her Leukemia with boxing gloves on ready to fight and fighting is exactly what this little girl did! She fought and fought and her best bet at winning this time was with a Bone Marrow Transplant which can be done in 2 different forms, they can use actual bone marrow but this normally has to come from a direct family member who's blood matches Chloe's almost perfectly or from a baby's cord blood. Her mom at this time was pregnant and due in December so they planned on using this baby's chord blood if it matched but if it didn't they found a close second that was in a blood bank across the country.
When Chloe's baby brother was born they were excited to hear that he was a perfect match but when they collected the cord blood at his birth they didn't get enough to do a full Bone Marrow Transplant for Chloe. Luckily 9 years ago a mother felt it important to donate her sons cord blood knowing that one day it could save the life of someone elses child or spouse or brother or sister. Luckily this time, it was Chloe's life that was saved!
This chord blood is put into an IV and it miraculously finds it's way strait to the bones and starts it's work and giving her new healthy bone marrow that doesn't have Leukemia in it.
Through all of this Chloe was also being given a research drug that they hope they will eventually be able to give only this drug and not the Chemotherapy. This research drug was only possible because people donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Here is Chloe this year at the age of 10 celebrating her 3rd Bone Marrow birthday. It's a day that is celebrated every year for her and her family on January 15th because that is when she was truly born again and given a second chance at life. Not every family is so lucky and that is what we are fighting to change.
I really think that there are several reasons that she is still with us. Our Father in Heaven knew that this little girl was something amazing and that she is going to do great things in her life. That mother that so generously gave of her baby's cord blood. The research medication that she was able to take part in through her fight. Last but not least this girls love for life! In looking back at photos to put in this post I couldn't find any that she was not smiling in.
She has absolutely inspired me to want to live my life to the fullest and to help the families that are going through everything that she has endured. Every small thing that we can do is something huge to the receiver of your gift, whether it be $10, donating blood, donating your baby's cord blood, or becoming a bone marrow donor your gift will truly save someone's life.
To give blood visit the American Red Cross to find a place near you.
To find out how to be a Bone Marrow donor please visit marrow.org
If you are pregnant please consider donating your baby's cord blood, it doesn't hurt the baby at all and if it is not collected and donated it is just thrown away and that is one life that could have been saved to learn more please visit this page.
Thanks so much for taking time to read this, I was in tears most of the time writing it but it is something that has absolutely changed my life and I hope that it will touch yours.