2022 Blue Cross Broad Street Run

Team Luke

Dear Friends and Family, 

Many times in our lives we "turn a page," "start a new chapter," and sometimes even start a whole new book.  Ask any cancer Survivor, Thriver, Fighter, and we'll probably all agree there's life before diagnosis and a whole different life after disgnosis.  One book ends the day that another begins. 

 

For me that new book was started on April 14, 2014 when I was told for the first time "you have cancer."  Everything changed.  Everything. My view of my past and how I lived it and my focus for my future.  That day and the few days that followed I discovered I had Stage IV follicular lymphoma, indolent meaning slow growing.  We had to wait for it to grow more to treat it.  It is treatable but not curable.  Great just great.  Who "waits" for their cancer to grow?  But wait we did, we had no choice.  For 2 years.  And then this slow growing, treatable but not curable cancer took it's own pivot (new chapter in the new book)and trasitioned to a more aggressive lymphoma, Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma.  

This cancer must be cured.  This DLBCL.  There was no waiting for it to grow.  It was fast growing and deadly.  So we fought it with chemotherapy and radiation, with one of the side effect causing a hospital stay and another side effect causing a broken ankle finishing up treatment with two years of Immunotherapy infusions.  Unlike so many, my Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma is in remission, HOWEVER, the first lymphoma, the incurable one, remains.  

 

So we are back to watching and waiting while the first one grows ever so slowly.  I will be a cancer patient for the rest of my life.  I will have cat scans, blood work, exams, endoscopy's, colonoscopies, PET scans.  Forever.  I know I'm blessed.  If I have to have IT, I feel blessed to be able to lead a normal life in between appointments, blood work, scans.  

 

For those with my type of cancer, we need continued research and treatments and progress.  For many we love and to honor the ones we lost, we need research.    I'm one of the lucky ones to be able to thrive with cancer so how could we not raise money for the American Cancer Society?  

Years of cancer diagnosis’ in our family starting with 2013, Robs Dad, followed by my first 2014, my second in 2016, my Mom's diagnosis 2018, Rob's mom, 2018.  (Rob lost both parents to Cancer, within 18 months of each other) Also diagnosed close to us is  Rob's Aunt, his cousin, my sister in law, my niece, some very dear friends, so many fighters in our life, as there are in most of our's.   And then this summer, one of the  most devestating losses to cancer for one of the most wonderful human beings I've ever known, Scott DeBerry.  

It doesnt ever seem to stop.

We are at a loss as how to help, how to change the trajectory of this nasty killer, so we do what we can for the American Cancer Society and we are asking you to help us.  Please help if you can.  Prayers and good thoughts always appreciated for our continued strength.  xoxo

Love always, 

Rob and Amy 

 

 

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We’ve raised $2,004.76
Our Goal $2,500.00

Our Event

2022 Blue Cross Broad Street Run
Sunday, May 01, 2022

Why We Support
the American Cancer Society

Dear Friends and Family, 

Many times in our lives we "turn a page," "start a new chapter," and sometimes even start a whole new book.  Ask any cancer Survivor, Thriver, Fighter, and we'll probably all agree there's life before diagnosis and a whole different life after disgnosis.  One book ends the day that another begins. 

 

For me that new book was started on April 14, 2014 when I was told for the first time "you have cancer."  Everything changed.  Everything. My view of my past and how I lived it and my focus for my future.  That day and the few days that followed I discovered I had Stage IV follicular lymphoma, indolent meaning slow growing.  We had to wait for it to grow more to treat it.  It is treatable but not curable.  Great just great.  Who "waits" for their cancer to grow?  But wait we did, we had no choice.  For 2 years.  And then this slow growing, treatable but not curable cancer took it's own pivot (new chapter in the new book)and trasitioned to a more aggressive lymphoma, Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma.  

This cancer must be cured.  This DLBCL.  There was no waiting for it to grow.  It was fast growing and deadly.  So we fought it with chemotherapy and radiation, with one of the side effect causing a hospital stay and another side effect causing a broken ankle finishing up treatment with two years of Immunotherapy infusions.  Unlike so many, my Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma is in remission, HOWEVER, the first lymphoma, the incurable one, remains.  

 

So we are back to watching and waiting while the first one grows ever so slowly.  I will be a cancer patient for the rest of my life.  I will have cat scans, blood work, exams, endoscopy's, colonoscopies, PET scans.  Forever.  I know I'm blessed.  If I have to have IT, I feel blessed to be able to lead a normal life in between appointments, blood work, scans.  

 

For those with my type of cancer, we need continued research and treatments and progress.  For many we love and to honor the ones we lost, we need research.    I'm one of the lucky ones to be able to thrive with cancer so how could we not raise money for the American Cancer Society?  

Years of cancer diagnosis’ in our family starting with 2013, Robs Dad, followed by my first 2014, my second in 2016, my Mom's diagnosis 2018, Rob's mom, 2018.  (Rob lost both parents to Cancer, within 18 months of each other) Also diagnosed close to us is  Rob's Aunt, his cousin, my sister in law, my niece, some very dear friends, so many fighters in our life, as there are in most of our's.   And then this summer, one of the  most devestating losses to cancer for one of the most wonderful human beings I've ever known, Scott DeBerry.  

It doesnt ever seem to stop.

We are at a loss as how to help, how to change the trajectory of this nasty killer, so we do what we can for the American Cancer Society and we are asking you to help us.  Please help if you can.  Prayers and good thoughts always appreciated for our continued strength.  xoxo

Love always, 

Rob and Amy 

 

 

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HOW FUNDRAISING IMPACTS YOUR COMMUNITY

Cancer hits far too close to home, so the funds you raise will help do the same. Through services and resources like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline, cancer patients and their families will feel the love. Here’s how recent money raised has been put to incredible uses.

More than
$417 million as of
august 2019

Funding potentially lifesaving cancer research grants.

1.42 million in 2019

Calls and chats from patients and caregivers seeking support.

More than
500 thousand in 2019

Nights of free lodging provided to patients at Hope Lodge® communities.

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Cancer has touched all of us in some way. And we want to stop this disease in its tracks. We'll spend the next few weeks fundraising for the American Cancer Society. Then, on the day of the event, we'll honor the lives lost to cancer, celebrate survivors, and support the caregivers who so selflessly help others.  

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