On the Right Track
Yes folks, I'm at it again!
When my brother was diagnosed with leukemia, the feeling of helplessness permeated me.
Then I learned about Team in Training. Last June, I ran my first marathon, in Lake Placid, NY. The team I trained with and I, with the help of many of you, raised over a half million dollars for research in the fight against leukemia, lymphoma and other cancers.
About a month after I crossed the finish line, my brother was diagnosed cancer free!
Also having an uncle who lost his battle with leukemia when I was a teenager, my family has seen firsthand the progress the medical community has made with fighting this disease. Progress that wouldn't have been possible without funding from The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and other organizations like it. Progress that saved my brother's life.
My brother is one of the lucky ones. Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Every ten minutes, someone dies from it. And while progress has pushed survival rates for children with leukemia to 90%, it is still the leading cause of death by disease for children under fourteen.
So the fight, and my commitment to it, continues on. To that end, I am now training for another marathon, The San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon - benefiting LLS, which will take place on June 2nd.
I ask that you please continue to support my efforts by making whatever donation you can, large or small, to this cause.
Included among the many areas your money will be spent are:
$50 will register 1 person to be a bone marrow donor.
$75 will provide HLA (bone marrow) typing for a family member of a patient with leukemia.
$100 will pay for the cost of 4 patient’s chemotherapy drug prescription co-payments.
$300 will train 25 peer volunteers who can provide emotional support to newly diagnosed patients.
$1000 allows patients to meet with health care specialists to design and discuss their disease, treatment plan and prepare them with the info they will need during the treatment process.
$2000 provides patients with a one month supply of Gleevec, a life-saving treatment developed with LLS funding.
And so much more!
With heartfelt thanks,
Cary Patrick Martin