With only 32 days until the Las Vegas Light The Night Walk put on by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I thought I would take a moment and share with you my involvement with this organization. I’ve never had to endure the heartache or fear of having someone in my family or close to me battle cancer. The closest I’ve been was one of my husbands co-workers who I met once before he passed away from his battle. I know I am blessed to date to not have to overcome the emotions of cancer. Back in February of this year my boss asked me to join him for an LLS meeting, he was becoming the 2014 Walk Chair for Southern Nevada. If we are honest, and I always am, I was wondering how much extra work this was going to put on my shoulders. With the small worry of how much extra work I’d be doing I joined him and ten other people inside of a trendy bar in Downtown Las Vegas. As people introduced themselves I took note of their names and kept up conversation. I didn’t even know what Leukemia & Lymphoma was at this point. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a small boy; he has blond hair and the cutest blue eyes you’ll ever see…next to Logan of course.
When the meet and greet ended we all headed into a small gallery that was adjacent to the bar. This was the first official meeting for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night 2014 walk. The campaign manager kicked things off; the previous president gave a speech, and then it was my boss turn to talk. Again terrible as this sounds I couldn’t stop thinking about how much extra work this was going to be, the goal was $25,000 from our company and I didn’t know if I was up to it. You may be wondering why I keep bringing this up, and there is a point I promise.
Last to speak was this little blond haired boy. He was a little shy, so his mom took the microphone and told his story. His name is Austin, and he is seven years old. Austin was diagnosed at age 22 months, almost the same age as my son. Austin’s story was powerful and as a mom I couldn’t imagine sitting in an office with my son at that age going through treatments for blood cancer. I was heartbroken but full of hope see him six years later, perfect. Do you remember that girl who was worried about the workload? Well, I joined as not only the right hand for my boss but as an Executive Committee member to help bring awareness to this disease.
I am so glad I did. I was able to connect with people who have powerful stories, and I’m working toward bringing much-needed funds for research. Because, unlike a lot of other charities I have seen who is helped by the discoveries and trials. I was able to rally my friends for a poker night that raised $200, I sold Oreo’s and that brought in $200, and I have a photography session set up to inch closer to my goal to be a Bright Light this year.
So I’d like to challenge you to seek out your local chapters walk and participate. If you want to be a part of something breathtaking take the first step and go to this website. AND if you want to donate to my cause… You can do so here :)
p.s. Austin – He wants to be Captain America when he grows up… I think he already is :)