Light The Night brings communities across Canada together for one magical evening to share stories, remember loved ones lost, and pay tribute to our heroes, bringing light, love and hope to dispel the darkness of blood cancers.
This September, Blood Cancer Awareness Month, I'm celebrating 16 years since my stem cell transplant that saved my life and cured my Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
I was first diagnosed in 2000, at the age of 27. After six months of chemo, the tumours had shrunk and we were hopeful... it looked like I beat it, but in 2005, it came back. High-dose chemo and a stem cell transplant were the only way to save my life. I asked one of my oncologists what my chances were if I didn't have the transplant and he said less than 5%.
Despite having cancer twice, I consider myself fortunate. My blood cancer was curable, thanks to progress in cancer research, but there are many cancers that don't have a cure yet. Funds raised during the Light the Night walk support research and patient resources, and the funds I raise stay here in southwestern Ontario.
Please help me meet my fundraising goal with a donation of your choice. Everyone deserves to be as lucky as I am and to have their cancer cured.
And... a special thank you to my rock and my love, Otte, for looking after me both times and for being by my side as I've enjoyed the past 16 years. I look forward to many more with him.