Hello Family & Friends!
Pledge my run until I hit $10,000:
August 18, 2021 marks 10 years since my Dad, Pat Alexander’s (2020 LTN Honored Hero and LLSC Volunteer) blood cancer went into remission after his first battle with Multiple Myeloma. In honour of this milestone, I am setting out to raise $10,000 for the blood cancer community by running 10km a day until I reach my goal. Pledge my run each day with a donation and feel free to choose my running playlist! For the Month of August I am personally MATCHING the donations needed to get to the $10,000 impact!
First of all thank you for making it this far to my Light The Night Fundraising Page, because learning about this important cause means a lot to me!
This year is especially exciting as my brother, Kris Alexander, and I are taking on the charge as Co-Chairs for this year's 2021 Light The Night Vancouver. This amazing group has a goal to raise, for the first time ever, $1,000,000! Every dollar raised helps life saving research to end blood cancers and help support families and individuals going through life with and after cancer.
I am so thankful to be able to support this cause with my time and fund raising efforts. In 2010, just before my Christmas my Dad (and my hero) - Pat Alexander, was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. He met with his oncologist and started treatment right away. He went through months of treatment on a trial drug, knocking him down week after week until on August 18, 2011 he cancer was officially in remission.
That Fall, and every year since, we joined the inspiring blood cancer community at Stanley Park. It is so uplifting, and emotional - with red balloons held high for support, white balloons held proud for survivors, and gold balloons in memory to remember those we have lost.
Last year my Dad's cancer returned, his doc put him back on the trial drug that had been so successful but unfortunately the cancer seemed no match for it the second time. There was a drug his Oncologist wanted to try but it was not approved in Canada. Thankfully with the connections and support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and their connections, my Dad was able to advocate to the government and drug company to get it approved in BC. He began self funding the drug and again through this community it finally become funded and he is still on the treatments today.
I am forever grateful to Light The Night and The Leukemia Society - and to you for reading, and donating to my page if possible.
Light The Night Co-Chair