My goal is to give back to the LLSC community in hopes of making the road to recovery and a cure easier for the next person in line.
My personal experience with blood cancer has motivated me to bring awareness and support to the LLSC in their fight for a cure! In November of 2021 I was hit with the shocking news that the "common cold" symptoms I was seemingly experiencing, were in fact something far worse- I had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Within 24 hours I was checked into Vancouver General Hospital, for the foreseeable future. From diagnosis, to treatment plans, day by day my journey changed and the my future, unknown. Three weeks turned into six weeks, turned into 8 months away from my home, family and friends. Eventually, I was lucky enough to receive a stem cell transplant gifted to me from my older brother who I was fortunate enough to live with while receiving care in Vancouver; a luxury many patients don't have.
Fast-forward to my one year transplant anniversary, an opportunity to spread awareness, raise funds for research and treatments, and give back. The Visionary of the Year campaign kicks off at the same time I celebrate my one year free of ALL and this is my motivation for participating and telling my story!