Big Climb 2020 - Support Craig's Legs!
As many of you know, my dad, Colin, was diagnosed with Stage III Follicular Lymphoma in 2013. As with most variations of Lymphoma, there is no cure for this blood cancer. In search of treatment with higher efficacy and fewer side effects than the standard chemotherapy option, he was very fortunate to be accepted into a clinical trial at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
The results? Following completion of a two-year treatment plan, he is in remission and taking no medications! He will be climbing to the top of Seattle's Columbia Center (69 floors!) for the seventh consecutive year in the Big Climb benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
Needless to say, my dad and all those who support him are incredibly thankful for the efforts of LLS and the researchers funded by their efforts. Since 2013, the Craig's Legs team has raised an astonishing $320,000 through participation in the Big Climb. This money goes toward continued blood cancer research as LLS works toward their mission of finding cures for blood cancers and improving the quality of lives of those afflicted. With your support, we hope to cross the $350,000 mark this year!
For many of you, this message serves as an annual update of all info pertinent to the Craig Family's participation in this event. And so... a few milestones for 2020:
* It's been 7 years since my dad's Lymphoma diagnosis. He remains in "complete" remission and, in addition to climbing to the summit of the Columbia Center, he will once again serve as a Team in Training coach for a group of cyclists on a 100-mile ride around Lake Tahoe.
* In 2019, Craig's Legs surpassed $300,000 in "career" fundraising!
* Kitty and I will be climbing with (chasing?) both kids. Kinsey (9) is climbing for the 4th time and Colin (7) is making his 3rd summit attempt. These kids rock!
We'd be honored to have your support!
What is the Big Climb?
The Big Climb is a stairclimb up the Columbia Center - the tallest skyscraper in downtown Seattle. There are 69 floors of stairs, 1311 steps, and 788 feet of vertical elevation. Although it will be challenging, it pales in comparison to what blood cancer patients go through. All proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Who is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Every day, more than 347 LLS sponsored researchers come closer to the goal of finding a cure for leukemia and related blood cancers. Locally, LLS funds 10 researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington Medical Center. Your support and commitment to the mission of LLS enables us to continue this important work of saving lives and aids us in our ability to reach patients in our community.
Thank you for your time and I hope that you will consider donating to this cause!
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