I’ll never forget the day my parents told me my dad had cancer. I was 11 years old, and terrified of what it meant. Would I get sick too? Was my dad going to die? What would happen to him?
He was diagnosed with a rare form of skin cancer called Mycosis Fungoides — a non-Hodgkin lymphoma. My dad was lucky. 20 years later, he is alive and healthy and here to be a big part of my life. In the past 20 years, he has helped me complete high school and graduate college; he helped my purchase my first home. He helped me start a new career – twice – and now I work with him on a daily basis, and will one day take over the company he founded. He walked me down the aisle. He even helped me brainstorm this very website. That’s right. Novel Novice owes a LOT to my dad.
I am so lucky and grateful that he’s around; that he survived. And it’s thanks, at least in part, to the work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and their researchers
That’s why, on October 25th, I will be participating in the Light the Night Walk, supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). My husband and my parents will also be walking, as we celebrate 20 years since my dad’s diagnosis. It’s weird to think you’d celebrate something as somber as a cancer diagnosis — but when the patient is still alive and kicking 20 years later, heck YES you celebrate!
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is on the brink of incredible breakthroughs that have already begun to change the lives of thousands of patients like my dad; treatments that can manage a person’s condition with a daily pill, therapies that seek out cancer cells and kill them, and the use of a patient’s own immune system to eradicate cancer not someday, but today.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk funds those treatments. Please consider donating to my walk and help us support the continued fight against these lesser-known cancers.