My Fundraising Page

Sally's Page!
Sep 11, 2018


So here's the thing, if you are on this fundraising page, you already likely know my story and connection to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. You know that when I was three and a half I was diagnosed with A.L.L. and underwent over two years of intense chemotherapy treatments.



You know I have a phobia of needles because of curling up into a ball and getting dozens of spinal taps. You know that when I smell rubber gloves my brain is triggered and I get all anxious like I am in a hospital again. You know I danced at my recitals with a chemo burn on my wrist.



You know this about me, because you know me, love me, and have unwaveringly supported me.


You have watched me grow, run, raise money, and in 2017 you likely supported my herculean efforts to become the Massachusetts Woman of the Year. Remember that?! Remember when I was relentless asking for your support and together we raised $110,503 in ten weeks?! 



I do. Because we did it!



You also watched me drop off the face of the planet after celebrating at the Woman of the Year finale surrounded by my friends and family. 


Well many of you reading this also know that just a week after we collectively hit a new fundraising record, the stats that I have rattled off time and time again…hit our family.

       Every 3 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer

       Every 9 minutes someone dies from a blood cancer

       LLS funded blood cancer research translates into lifesaving treatments for many other types of cancers


Boom. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.


Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Cancer doesn’t care how much money you have JUST raised.




This past year I put my head down while I took the reins of our business. I put my head down while I sat next to mom during each chemo infusion. I put my head down while we went to shave her head. I put my head down as we made healing broth and Lysoled the house before and after each visitor.

This past year cancer was no longer just part of our family history; cancer was our daily reality.

It sucked. A lot.

Chemo and radiation ended and were followed by clean scans.



I picked my head up and slowly started reconnecting with the world again.

I could finally breathe again.

So naturally I turn my attention back to the one grounding action I can take. I can make a difference. I am training for another Team in Training event and in doing so, I am asking for your continued support.

This year Team in Training celebrates its 30th year. And guess what? I celebrate my 30th year of being cancer free!


The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Last year the FDA approved 18 new drugs for all cancer treatments. LLS touched 15 out of these 18 drugs with their research and support.

To support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to support ALL cancer research and advancements

On Sunday November 4th I will be running in the Disney Wine and Dine (because, food at the end…hello!).

Thank you for supporting me.

Thank you for supporting my mom.

Thank you for supporting whoever you may know who has been touched by cancer.

One day I will be able to stop asking for your donations. Today is not that day but with the help of LLS, we are one step closer.

In love and tacos*,


*Fundraising EVENT: The Beast Gives Back: A Breakfast TACO Fundraiser:

Saturday September 29th 8-11am at Belly of the Beast (Northampton, Ma)

To secure your TACO TICKET: Hit "Donate Now" and choose the "OTHER" amount option.

$30 =  three tacos, Iconica Social Club juice, and pastries by Katy Beyer of Florence Pie Bar!

New City Ginger Beer Mimosas also available.

Thank you to People’s Bank for sponsoring this event!


Supporter Comments

    "I admire you so much! 30/30 so cool!! "

    Lauren Patel

    Fri Aug 31 06:41:26 EDT 2018


    Elise Dahncke

    Sat Sep 01 01:01:42 EDT 2018

    "Wishing you and your mom much health and happiness! "

    Jennifer Finke

    Mon Sep 03 07:47:58 EDT 2018

    "Yay Sally! Giving because not only is it an important cause, but because I love you AND your mom. Keep kicking ass! "

    Mandy Anderson

    Mon Sep 10 01:34:45 EDT 2018

    "Looking forward to helping out via eating tacos!! Thanks for your efforts!"

    Jennifer Nery

    Mon Sep 10 06:26:04 EDT 2018

    "<3 "

    Daniel Dacri

    Mon Sep 24 05:00:52 EDT 2018

    "Love you, Sally!!! You are amazing."

    Julianna Waggoner

    Tue Sep 25 11:20:25 EDT 2018

    "You are a wonder and an inspiration. You're Sally the Great, and I'm honored to support you with love and laughter."

    Pam Victor

    Thu Sep 27 12:28:24 EDT 2018

    "See you Saturday! "


    Thu Sep 27 08:34:13 EDT 2018

    "I am donating in honor of Sally Ekus."

    Carol Fenster

    Tue Oct 02 04:11:59 EDT 2018

    "Dear Sally and Liza, Delighted to contribute to a cause so close to us all. With Love Anne xx"


    Wed Oct 03 10:33:24 EDT 2018

    "LLS for Cures!"

    Graham Immerman

    Thu Oct 11 11:20:17 EDT 2018

    "LLS for cures!"

    Michael Cannon

    Thu Oct 11 01:04:20 EDT 2018

    "LLS For Cures"

    Ed Bouquillon

    Thu Oct 11 02:59:45 EDT 2018

    "LLS for Cures"

    Brian Samuels

    Thu Oct 11 05:49:08 EDT 2018

    "LLS for Cures"


    Thu Oct 11 06:10:29 EDT 2018

    "LLS for Cures."

    Meesha Halm

    Thu Oct 11 07:18:45 EDT 2018

    "Good job lass"

    Kevin Byrne

    Fri Oct 12 02:05:09 EDT 2018

    "The world is a better place because of you!! It's an honor to support you!!"

    Eileen Cleary

    Sat Oct 27 09:37:51 EDT 2018

    "Sally, you are amazing! Keep doing great things!"

    Mandy Bres

    Tue Oct 30 08:58:10 EDT 2018

    "You are an inspiration Sally!"

    Kelley Coffeen

    Wed Oct 31 10:23:18 EDT 2018

    "So proud of you, rockstar! You're an inspiration. Have an amazing time!!"

    Ashleigh Bergh

    Fri Nov 02 10:40:54 EDT 2018

    "Sally you are an inspiration!"


    Sat Nov 03 03:17:22 EDT 2018

    "Best wishes! Here's hoping someday they find a cure.&#128591; Linda Jopson&#128591;"

    Linda Jopson

    Sat Nov 03 09:16:08 EDT 2018

    "You are amazing!! Thank you so much for all you do for LLS."

    Valerie Foster

    Sat Sep 01 07:54:00 EDT 2018

    "Love you all &#10084;&#65039;"

    Barbra Tallarico

    Fri Aug 31 09:10:43 EDT 2018

    "Good luck & save me a taco ;)"

    Iris Porush

    Wed Sep 12 04:44:25 EDT 2018

    "So proud of you Sally for all you do. Happy to support this important cause. "

    Paula Shoyer

    Fri Nov 02 11:56:49 EDT 2018

    "Thank you, Sally. "

    John Snyder

    Thu Nov 01 11:44:43 EDT 2018

    "All best from Tokyo!"

    Elizabeth Andoh

    Wed Oct 17 05:58:21 EDT 2018

    "LLS For Cures "

    Edmund Lonzo

    Thu Oct 11 04:26:00 EDT 2018

    "LLS for Cures"

    Andrew Grande

    Thu Oct 11 01:51:37 EDT 2018

    "LLS for cures. You are awesome. Go Red Sox!"

    Sarah Schatz

    Thu Oct 11 12:33:17 EDT 2018

    "Go Sally Go! You are an amazing woman and I am blessed to call you friend!"

    Roxanne Wyss

    Tue Oct 09 09:47:33 EDT 2018

    "Go, Sally!"

    Fred Baumgarten

    Tue Oct 09 09:39:00 EDT 2018

    "We love you!"

    Tim, Jaimee, and Jakub Constantine

    Thu Oct 04 04:46:08 EDT 2018

    "You are amazing Sally Ekus! "

    Susan May

    Wed Sep 26 09:42:27 EDT 2018

    "Run, Sally, Run!"

    Daniel Bouquillon

    Tue Sep 18 02:29:43 EDT 2018

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $7,890.90 | Goal: $5,000.00
158 %

My Team

Team Total: $17,891.80 | Goal: $12,800.00

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My Thanks To

Kevin Byrne $501.00
Grandma and Grandpa $500.00
Ann Bronner $500.00
Iris Porush $500.00
David Saffer $250.00
Elizabeth Andoh $250.00
Florence DeRose $250.00
Anonymous $200.00
Sam and Jackie Hiersteine... $100.00
Olivia Frost $100.00
Brian Samuels $100.00
Michael Cannon $100.00
Jane Lyons $100.00
Tim, Jaimee, and Jakub Co... $100.00
Lou and Leslie Ekus $100.00
Jennifer Finke $100.00
Barbra Tallarico $100.00
Ed Bouquillon $100.00
Michael Cannon $100.00
Liv $90.00
Ed Bouquillon $90.00
Graham Immerman $90.00
Jen, Mick & Conner McGarr... $90.00
Justin and Liv $75.00
Susan May $60.00
Jennifer Nery $60.00
Frost $50.00
Paula Shoyer $50.00
Eileen Cleary $50.00
Shana Stover $50.00
Meesha Halm $50.00
Andrew Grande $50.00
Sandy and Angie $50.00
Daniel Dacri $50.00
Betsy Speeter z $50.00
Mandy Anderson $50.00
Henry Tacos $50.00
Soom Foods $36.00
Tyler Grandmaison $30.00
Edmund Lonzo $30.00
Sarah Schatz $30.00
Emily $30.00
Dori Urch $30.00
Mick Mcgarry $30.00
Dominic Perri $30.00
Katie Carr $30.00
mia stern $30.00
Sara Pokorny $30.00
The Kramers $30.00
Valerie Foster $30.00
Lauren Patel $30.00
Linda Jopson $25.00
Ashleigh Bergh $25.00
Mandy Bres $25.00
Michae Skypeck $25.00
Meesha Halm $25.00
Elizabeth A Higgins $25.00
Pam Victor $25.00
K & J P. $25.00
Bondi $25.00
Daniel Bouquillon $20.00
Matt Louis $20.00
Dori Ursh $10.00
Georgiann Kristek $10.00
John Snyder  
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Tom Dworkin  
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Grammie and Karen!  
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Carol Fenster  
Eric Atwood  
Julianna Waggoner  
Daniel Bouquillon  
Jennifer Margolis  
Elise Dahncke  
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