Relay For Life of Glen Rock and Fair Lawn

Ornaments available for $10 donation
Ornaments available for $10 donation

Dreaming of a Cancer-Free Christmas

Why We Formed a Relay For Life Fundraising Team:

Many may think "Dreaming of a Cancer-Free Christmas" is an unusual name for a team but it has a significant meaning for us as a team. In the fall of 2010 I learned my father was going to need a Whipple to remove a growth AKA tumor from his pancreas. This was after months of testing trying to figure out what was causing a strange variety of symptoms that didn't make much sense, thankfully my mother who is a nurse and a survivor herself repeatedlypressured doctors to continue testing after nothing was found and went to every appointment with her trusty binder of my father's medical testing history and pushed for answers. Thankfully she did and after reviewing all the options my father choose to have a Whipple in Boston by one of the top doctors in the world for Whipples in Mid-December of that same year. It was a long brutal operation where my father went into the pre-op area at 10am in the hospital and came out ofrecovery at 2am. Hewas released from the hospital on December 23rd. We opted to keep him in Boston overnight before taking him home to Albany to make sure no additional issues occurred overnight. On December 24th my mom and uncle made the journey with my father home to Troy,NY to be able to spend Christmas home. Even after Christmas my father had a long recovery but is thankfully still with us today and able to celebrate more Christmas.

Fast forward to the afternoon December 24th, 2014 when I received a call from my OBGYN telling me I had abnormal cell growth on my cervix and would need surgery to remove them. Needless to say it is not the news you want to get the day before Christmas when 20 members of your family were going to be at your house the next day and you don't want to tell them as to not put a damper on the holiday or in my case I wanted a normal holiday without everyone worrying about me and what the next few weeks andmonths would hold after hearing the C- word. In January I had surgery to remove the cells and then had additional testing to check for new growth every 1-3 months for the next year to make sure no additional growths have occurred luckily all the testing has came back negative for the last year, but I will need to continue regular check ups to make sure no new growth has occurred.

Cancer is a very scary word, which no one should have to hear. I joined the Relay For Life of Hoboken NJ committee after a great friend recommended I go to a meeting to help raise funds, and have no moved my efforts north to Fair Lawn, and so more people could have Cancer-Free Christmases.

In the 2015 Hoboken Relay for Life our team proudly raised over $3,000 and was a Bronze Level team and over $1500 in 2016 as a Raising Star Team. Our fundraising item are custom Christmas ornaments and we are selling them for $10 to raise money for our team.
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Dreaming of a Cancer-Free Christmas

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We’ve raised $75
Our Goal $1,000.00
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Glen Rock and Fair Lawn
Saturday, May 30, 2020

Why We Relay
Why We Formed a Relay For Life Fundraising Team:

Many may think "Dreaming of a Cancer-Free Christmas" is an unusual name for a team but it has a significant meaning for us as a team. In the fall of 2010 I learned my father was going to need a Whipple to remove a growth AKA tumor from his pancreas. This was after months of testing trying to figure out what was causing a strange variety of symptoms that didn't make much sense, thankfully my mother who is a nurse and a survivor herself repeatedlypressured doctors to continue testing after nothing was found and went to every appointment with her trusty binder of my father's medical testing history and pushed for answers. Thankfully she did and after reviewing all the options my father choose to have a Whipple in Boston by one of the top doctors in the world for Whipples in Mid-December of that same year. It was a long brutal operation where my father went into the pre-op area at 10am in the hospital and came out ofrecovery at 2am. Hewas released from the hospital on December 23rd. We opted to keep him in Boston overnight before taking him home to Albany to make sure no additional issues occurred overnight. On December 24th my mom and uncle made the journey with my father home to Troy,NY to be able to spend Christmas home. Even after Christmas my father had a long recovery but is thankfully still with us today and able to celebrate more Christmas.

Fast forward to the afternoon December 24th, 2014 when I received a call from my OBGYN telling me I had abnormal cell growth on my cervix and would need surgery to remove them. Needless to say it is not the news you want to get the day before Christmas when 20 members of your family were going to be at your house the next day and you don't want to tell them as to not put a damper on the holiday or in my case I wanted a normal holiday without everyone worrying about me and what the next few weeks andmonths would hold after hearing the C- word. In January I had surgery to remove the cells and then had additional testing to check for new growth every 1-3 months for the next year to make sure no additional growths have occurred luckily all the testing has came back negative for the last year, but I will need to continue regular check ups to make sure no new growth has occurred.

Cancer is a very scary word, which no one should have to hear. I joined the Relay For Life of Hoboken NJ committee after a great friend recommended I go to a meeting to help raise funds, and have no moved my efforts north to Fair Lawn, and so more people could have Cancer-Free Christmases.

In the 2015 Hoboken Relay for Life our team proudly raised over $3,000 and was a Bronze Level team and over $1500 in 2016 as a Raising Star Team. Our fundraising item are custom Christmas ornaments and we are selling them for $10 to raise money for our team.

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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.

$410 million as of
august 2018

Funding potentially lifesaving cancer research grants.

1.34 million in 2017

Calls and chats from patients and caregivers seeking support.

Nearly
452 thousand in 2017

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.  

Together, we'll be a part of making a difference in this important cause.

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