My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Jul 29, 2016


On May 21, 2015, Heidi's good friend Heather's cousin- Haley, was diagnosed with High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Heidi is very concerned about Haley, and she talks about and prays for Haley every day. I think this can be a good learning lesson for Heidi that will also help Haley.  Hopefully she can channel her worry to do something for a good cause, and feel like she can make a difference.
Haley has endured hundreds of oral chemotherapy doses at home, over 100 rounds of intravenous chemotherapy, 1 body scan, 2 emergency room visits, 25 spinal tap chemotherapy injections, 5 blood transfusions, 2 surgeries and numerous inpatient admissions. She endured hair loss twice, weight gain and weight loss. Haley is now in the maintenance phase of treatment which lasts for two years and includes oral chemotherapy daily and chemotherapy through her port once a month at the clinic.
Thanks to organizations like The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), who fund groundbreaking research, the survival rate for children with ALL increased from less than 5% in the 1960’s to a survival rate of over 92% today.
However, the battle against blood cancers is far from won. Despite progress, more than one third of blood cancer patients sadly do not survive 5 years after their diagnosis. More funding is needed to advance research and help save more lives. ALL is the most common cancer in children.  Many children can be cured with intensive multi-drug treatments, but these can have debilitating side effects. More effective and less toxic therapies are urgently needed for patients of all ages. This is an important and exciting opportunity for all of us- through TEAM HALEY- to directly fund research that will benefit everyone fighting ALL.
So, we are fighting for Haley and other blood cancer patients. We have joined TEAM HALEY. We are a team of over 50 friends and family members who will be doing a race through Team In Training this fall. We will be doing the Dawg Dash race on Sunday, October 18, 2016 in Haley’s honor (Kari running and Heidi in the stroller cheering me on since I haven't run any races since before she was born!). :) Our team goal is to raise $100,000 so that Haley's name will be honorably linked to the ALL Research Portfolio with funds going directly to research projects focused on ALL.
Together, we can change the lives of people affected by blood cancers. Please help LLS continue the fight to put an end to blood cancer and please help us reach this incredible goal. You can donate online through my fundraising page. 

THANK YOU for your support!!!

Heidi and her friend Heather (Haley's cousin)