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In the midst of this COVID pandemic, though many are isolated and/or in quarantine, we can still think about those who are facing even more challenges, like that of blood cancer.
Due to the virus, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has decided to organize another Big Virtual Climb for 2021. For Big Virtual Climb 2020, I went to my local Amtrak Train Station to climb their 42 steps up and 42 steps down from one side of the tracks to the other, 42 times. I must admit, although my legs were shaking from muscle fatigue by the end, it was still no where near as difficult as climbing the usual 69 floors up the Columbia Center Tower in Seattle. Perhaps I’ll find a more challenging location by May, 2021, when I do the next Big Virtual Climb.
This will be my sixth climb since losing my son Tim to hepatosplenic non-Hodgkin’s T-cell lymphoma on December 14, 2014.
Doing the climb in his memory is both rewarding and therapeutic. It’s rewarding because I’m doing something to help others who have blood cancer, and it’s therapeutic because it helps heal a grieving mother’s heart.
May I have your support once again, or for the first time, if you’ve not supported me in the past? I am truly grateful.
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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