It is hard to believe that it has been a year and a half since I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and almost 500 days since my sister Leanne's mighty stem cells were infused into my body on my “re-birthday”, April 29, 2020. Overwhelming gratitude does not even begin to express how I feel today. It has been a difficult recovery, but so far one that has seen each important milestone successfully passed.
Last summer, I was overjoyed just to be able to walk one block, to make my own breakfast and to sleep in my own bed after months in the hospital. This summer, I am thrilled to be able to walk a whole lot further and even go for the occasional run, take tennis lessons, cook dinner for my family and to finally sink into a warm hug (most often with tears of joy in my eyes).
As we approach The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada’s (LLSC) annual Light the Night event on Oct. 23, Paul and I have been marvelling at your collective generosity. Knowing that we had a wonderful community of friends, family and colleagues cheering us on energized and encouraged us more than you will ever know.
Last year, many of you supported research into ending blood cancers, enabling us to raise $18,400 for LLSC and be named the top team in Ottawa. For that, we sincerely thank you. I can personally speak to the power of this research as only 10 years ago, my haplo-identical (half matched) transplant would not have been possible.
September is blood cancer awareness month and Paul, Liam, Kate and myself will be walking, running, biking and roller skiing at least 500 kms to celebrate each and every one of the last 500 days. We will thank our lucky stars with each and every stride.
Please join us by donating to LLSC once again this year. Covid-19 has made this an especially difficult year for blood cancer patients.
Your support will energize us on our 500km goal and we will keep you posted on our progress.