It's NOT the Impossible Dream!!!

What about the remaining 10%? I say we work together to save them all!
May 09, 2014

For over 17 years I’ve been reaching out asking my family, friends and total strangers to find it in their hearts to help find the cure for cancer by donating whatever amount they could afford to THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY to support my physical efforts in endurance events running, biking or doing triathlons with TEAM IN TRAINING.  So many incredible, amazing, and wonderfully-generous people have done so believing that their dollars to the mission to save lives could make a difference…that it has!


In 1975, before I ever started this odyssey, my NYC roommate told me her brother had died from leukemia when he was only five years old.  He didn't stand a chance!  

  • Back then, little kids like him were only given a four percent chance of survival.  True to the statistics, he died three months after his diagnosis.  
  • I didn't know what leukemia was at the time...I'd never heard of it.  All I knew was that it was a killer that had crushed her and devastated her family.
  • In 1975 when I met her, if her brother had survived  he would have been nine years old, which was the exact same age as my own healthy, little brother at the time.  
  • All I knew then was that I couldn't imagine losing my young brother that way.  Little did I know what impact this would have on me years later.


When I did my first event with LLS/TNT in 1997 the survival rate for children diagnosed with leukemia was 80%.  My brain somehow just couldn’t compute that 20% of children would still die.  I thought of my friend's brother.  So, like Don Quixote, I embarked on a quest..."to dream the impossible dream”...setting out to do whatever I could to save lives.


I am overjoyed to say that I haven't been
tilting at windmills all these years.

In April 2014, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society announced that the survival rate for children diagnosed with
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia [ALL],the most common form of leukemia is now 90%. 


It's not just great news for childhood leukemia! Every day LLS-funded researchers are developing new treatments and potential cures for leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and many other forms of blood cancer with cutting-edge targeted therapies.  What's so exciting is that these treatments and therapies are being used to fight other types of cancer and treat diseases for which there were previously no cures.  Survival rates are climbing for many of them.



We don’t yet have the cure for the remaining 10% of children for whom there is currently no cure?  So, what about them?

  • It’s like we have a lifeboat and 100 kids and only room for 90 of them. 
  • Whose child should we throw overboard…yours, mine, or someone else’s precious child? 
  • Which 10 children shouldn’t we save?
  • I say we work together to save them all!   


Therefore, for the 35th time I am asking for your help if you, like me, believe in "the impossible dream" that we can eradicate cancer, especially blood cancer, in our lifetime to find the way to save all the children.  

  • On Sunday, June 8, 2014 I will ride 100 miles on my bike at the Jamestown, VA Gran Fondo.
  • I have committed to raise at least $2,500 as a TEAM IN TRAINING volunteer coach and would be awesome to go OVER that goal!
  • I'm asking if you can find it in your heart to make a 100% tax-deductible contribution by pressing the DONATE NOW button at the top of this page to be part of funding the fight against cancer.  You will immediately receive an email receipt for tax purposes!
  • If you would prefer to send a check made out to LLS, kindly do so and mail it to me at:  11400 Ivy Home Place, Richmond, VA 23233. 
  • Please don't forget Corporate Matching Gifts which can go even further!
  • Federal Tax ID#13-5644916


Please share my web page with anyone you think would like to help save lives:


Thank YOU for taking the time to read this and for your consideration to support my efforts on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society/Team In Training.  God bless you.

Susan Ann Glass heart


Supporter Comments

    "This is in honor my nephew that had LEukemia when he was 3 years old - Thank God he beat it!"

    Helen Gennusa

    Sat Jun 07 02:49:57 EDT 2014

    "Thank you Susan for being an instrumental part of our lives! God Bless You! Bes & Rich"

    Rich and Bes Stewart

    Mon Dec 30 10:08:57 EST 2013

    "Susan, You are fighting the fight!! Thanks for helping others! JOHN "

    John F. Daylor

    Tue May 06 09:40:04 EDT 2014

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My Thanks To

IHOP #2092 $1096.75
Rich and Bes Stewart $500.00
John F. Daylor $300.00
Jack $103.25
Helen Gennusa $25.00
Leslie Stone