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Climb. Conquer. Cure.
March 26th, 2023
In July, my world was rocked when my best friend in the world got the worst news of her life. My mother was diagnosed with Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). Less than 48 hours after her diagnosis, she was checking into the hospital for her first stage of chemo treatments: 3 rounds of chemo a day for 28 days straight. And what did she do? She didn't sit in bed and feel sorry for herself. She fought. She woke up every day, put on her warrior face and fought. She made it her goal to walk every day, to get out of bed and shower every day, refusing to wear a patient gown, refusing to be a victim of her disease.
Today she still fights. She is at the dawn of her second stage of treatments and is ready to continue the fight to a cancer free blood test. I have always called my mom Wonder Woman. But let's be honest, Wonder Woman pales in comparison to the woman I have the honor of calling my mom.
In honor of my superhero, in honor of the painful laps she made herself do without complaint every day while hooked up to chemo treatments, in honor of every human who woke up to the worst news of their life, I am taking a small step. A small step towards a goal of a promised tomorrow. A small step in this fight against cancer. A small step to be a part of the army that will help my mom become cancer free. 69 floors is nothing compared to the battle she faces. Bring. It. On.
What is the Big Climb?
The Big Climb is a stair climb 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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