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March 27th, 2022
Hello! I will be participating in Big Climb Seattle this year. Our efforts will help make a big difference in the fight against blood cancers.
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.
Wy do I climb?
Patients. As many of you know, I lost my father to cancer in May 2013 and that led to me thinking about ways to contribute to the fight against cancer. About a year later, I began working at a biotech startup in Seattle developing immunotherapies for blood cancer patients, and I continued to do that until about 4 years ago. Over the last 4 years, I helped start another Seattle biotech company developing cell and gene therapies for a number of different diseases, including a couple lead programs focused on blood cancers. The incredible patient stories along the way (including those of my work colleagues and friends) resulted in me wanting to become even more involved, and about 5 years ago I joined the board of trustees of the Pacific Northwest Region of LLS to help further the cause. So why do I climb when I don't enjoy climbing (that many) stairs? Patients.
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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