Welcome to LeeAnn's fight against cancer!
Alone we can do so little…together we can do so much. Helen Keller
If I told you a donation of $1 could help save your life or the life of someone close to you would you be willing to donate that amount?
Hello Friends and Family,
2018 was a big year for me. I turned 60 in 2018. It was a birthday I wasn’t sure I would live to see. As I am sure you remember I was diagnosed with stage 3C inflammatory breast cancer on 3/2/2015. It is a rare aggressive form of breast cancer. We have made strides in research but there are more and more people being diagnosed each day. Even with research, there are many people dying each and every day from all forms of cancer. These patients are our brothers and sisters, our husbands and wives, our friends and neighbors. Husbands and wives are left without their beloved spouses. Young children are growing up without their parents. My heart breaks especially for young children who have this horrible disease. I also feel so much sympathy for those parents whose young children have died from this disease. No parent should have to bury their child.
For many close to me, 2018 was a year where they faced hearing the same dreaded words I heard in 2015, “YOU HAVE CANCER.” My best friend was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, my sister in law was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, my neighbor was diagnosed with breast cancer, my brother in law was diagnosed with cancer of the lymph nodes in his neck and my 12 year old great niece was diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
The diagnosis of so many that I love caused me to reflect on the diagnosis and cure of cancer. I don’t want more people to hear you have cancer. I also want those of us who have been diagnosed to be told you are cured. For myself, I will never hear those words. The best I will hear is NED, which stands for no evidence of disease. This means with the technology we have available to us today we cannot detect any cancer. It doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.
I wanted to CURE cancer for myself, my loved ones who were recently diagnosed and everyone else. How could I do this? We need more research to cure cancer. Research requires money. I don’t have the knowledge to even begin to cure cancer. I don’t have great amounts of money nor do I know anyone who has enough money to begin to tackle this problem.
I started to feel hopeless. There was nothing I could do. That’s when I happened to come across the quote I referenced above from Helen Keller. That’s when I had a light bulb moment. Like any insurmountable task when it is broken down into small amounts the impossible becomes possible.
Helen Keller’s quote really affected me. I thought what if we all worked together to raise money for cancer research. There is power in large numbers. Even if I can’t do it alone we CAN do it together.
What if I donated just $1? What if I asked just two of my friends to also donate $1 each? What if my two friends also asked two friends to donate $1 and so on and so on? Because there is so much strength in numbers, if we did this, after just 20 times, we would have raised OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS. I did the math to double check this! It is amazing what we can do when we work together.
Please consider a donation to this year’s Anti Cancer Challenge. 100 percent of the money raised goes to cancer research. EVERY.DOLLAR.COUNTS. Your donation will help to fund research that will save lives. The life you save could be yours or someone close to you. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. No one is safe. Even those of us like me, who had no family history, may still become a victim of cancer. Please donate today. Cancer patients like me are depending on you!
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