Monday, September 24, 2012

Someone Special and Close to my Heart

September is Childhood Cancer Month

From the Curesearch website, did you know that:

+ More than 40 000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.

+ Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States.

+ Every day, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer.

+ Children's cancer affects all ethnic, gender and socio-economic groups.

We have our first guest blogger today, someone very special to many people.  She is a Mom of two beautiful children and part of a very strong wonderful couple and family.  
Please help this family and families like them.

Dear Family and Friends,
Last year, with your help, we raised an incredible $3700 for the CureSearch Walk, to help fund cancer research! This year, we look for your generosity again, as we are raising funds for another important organization, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. From the very first day of Anna’s Leukemia diagnosis in May of 2011, the LLS has been a vital source of information and support for our family, in so many aspects. Now, as we enter September, we look to spread the word about Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and to help give back to an amazing nonprofit organization that has helped us personally.
We have formed a team for the Light the Night Walk at Bright House Field in Clearwater, FL on November 3rd, and we hope you'll join us.  The Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's evening walk and fundraising event.  It is the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lost.
By joining our team and raising funds for this important cause, you'll be making a real impact on the fight against cancer.  On Walk night, you'll join us with other teams and individuals from all over our community in the culmination of our efforts to find cures.  Walk night is a family-oriented evening in which participants carry illuminated balloons, raise awareness of blood cancers and come together as a caring community. For more info, here is a link to a YouTube Informational Video on the Light the Night Walk.  

This year, Anna has been named as the Honored Hero for the Light the Night Walk in Pinellas County! All those who have met Anna know she is full of personality and always let's you know what is on her mind. She is our little "Spunky Monkey" and that has become our team's name. Use the following link to go to  our team's home page  , and at the top and bottom of the page, there are links to join our team and walk with us.

There is no cost to register as a walker or to join the team.  Each registered walker will also have their own webpage to help raise funds should they wish, and we will all be linked through Anna's team. Everyone who raises $100 or more will be a Champion for Cures and will be recognized on Walk night with:

            - A Light The Night t-shirt.

            - An illuminated Light The Night balloon in red (supporters), white (survivors) or gold (in memory of a loved one)

            - A wristband which entitles the wearer to an array of food and refreshments.
Please join us, as we are trying to get as many of Anna's family and friends together on walk night, to show their support as Anna continues her battle against cancer. 
If you can't join us on Walk Night, we still need your help in raising money for this very important cause. Through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk we are searching for  better treatments and cures for blood cancers so patients can live better, longer lives. I'm asking you to help by making a tax-deductible contribution!  You will receive an email confirmation of your donation as soon as it is made. I thank you in advance for your support which will make a difference in the lives of thousands of patients battling blood cancers.
Please use this link  to donate online quickly and securely.  On the right hand side of our page you can make a donation to LLS on Anna’s behalf, either through the team or through a specific team member.
          Sincerely, A Hopeful Mom  

Thanks for Sharing the Day and we pray we will be sharing in joyful news one day soon.
Other ways you can help include becoming involved in your local LLS walk and joining a bone marrow drive near you and help Anna and others like her! Join and Be the Match!

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