Relay For Life of Thurston County

M&M Bandits For A Cure

This relay event marks 19 years of our family participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in support of family and friends. Team M&M Bandits For A Cure was officially a registered team created in October 2015 in honor of my mom, Anita, aka M&M Bandit, who is a three time cancer survivor. Anita entered into her third round of remission in July 2015.

Anita’s story began with her journey of hope in May 2002, after a rare sarcoma cancer was discovered in her upper right leg in the form of a tumor the size of a football. Sarcomas are different from the much more common carcinomas because they happen in a different kind of tissue. Sarcomas grow in connective tissue -- cells that connect or support other kinds of tissue in your body. With the removal of the tumor, followed by intense chemotherapy and radiation treatments, normal daily functioning was changed. In April 2008, a broken foot in two places caused complete loss of feeling in right foot due to poor circulation from radiation damage to sciatic nerve during 2002 treatments.

In May 2010, a second sarcoma tumor was discovered in the same location. Cancer cells in this tumor were encapsulated and tumor was removed without requiring additional chemotherapy or radiation. However, mobility was further diminished from damage to remaining soft tissue, muscle, nerves, and tendon.

In November 2013, a third sarcoma tumor in the same location again was discovered. Due to continued discomfort, surgery took place to remove tumor in July 2015.

In May 2018, Anita was diagnosed with Lymphedema, which was caused by the removal and damage to lymph nodes as part of cancer treatment. It results from a blockage in your lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling. There is currently no cure for lymphedema, and later stages can’t be completely reversed because the tissue under the skin has been damaged. Over time, lymphedema often results in number of complications including infections, disfigurement, pain, and disability. In fact, it may occasionally prove fatal to its sufferers. But while lymphedema cannot be cured, it can be effectively managed, thus significantly reducing risk.

The day cancer treatment ends, a new chapter begins. Some survivors may leave cancer behind and continue life with a few or no health problems. Others might have ongoing physical challenges. Some of these might be due to late effects (also called aftereffects) of cancer treatment. Anita has opted out of any future required chemotherapy or radiation treatments, but remains committed to grasping each day and moment with her friends and family. We don’t know what the future holds, but we never take one day for granted.

View More

M&M Bandits For A Cure

Join Our Team Dedicate a Luminaria
We’ve raised $359.58
Our Goal $2,000.00
238Days Left
#12 out of 25 teams

Our Event

Thurston County
Summer 2021

Why We Relay

This relay event marks 19 years of our family participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in support of family and friends. Team M&M Bandits For A Cure was officially a registered team created in October 2015 in honor of my mom, Anita, aka M&M Bandit, who is a three time cancer survivor. Anita entered into her third round of remission in July 2015.

Anita’s story began with her journey of hope in May 2002, after a rare sarcoma cancer was discovered in her upper right leg in the form of a tumor the size of a football. Sarcomas are different from the much more common carcinomas because they happen in a different kind of tissue. Sarcomas grow in connective tissue -- cells that connect or support other kinds of tissue in your body. With the removal of the tumor, followed by intense chemotherapy and radiation treatments, normal daily functioning was changed. In April 2008, a broken foot in two places caused complete loss of feeling in right foot due to poor circulation from radiation damage to sciatic nerve during 2002 treatments.

In May 2010, a second sarcoma tumor was discovered in the same location. Cancer cells in this tumor were encapsulated and tumor was removed without requiring additional chemotherapy or radiation. However, mobility was further diminished from damage to remaining soft tissue, muscle, nerves, and tendon.

In November 2013, a third sarcoma tumor in the same location again was discovered. Due to continued discomfort, surgery took place to remove tumor in July 2015.

In May 2018, Anita was diagnosed with Lymphedema, which was caused by the removal and damage to lymph nodes as part of cancer treatment. It results from a blockage in your lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling. There is currently no cure for lymphedema, and later stages can’t be completely reversed because the tissue under the skin has been damaged. Over time, lymphedema often results in number of complications including infections, disfigurement, pain, and disability. In fact, it may occasionally prove fatal to its sufferers. But while lymphedema cannot be cured, it can be effectively managed, thus significantly reducing risk.

The day cancer treatment ends, a new chapter begins. Some survivors may leave cancer behind and continue life with a few or no health problems. Others might have ongoing physical challenges. Some of these might be due to late effects (also called aftereffects) of cancer treatment. Anita has opted out of any future required chemotherapy or radiation treatments, but remains committed to grasping each day and moment with her friends and family. We don’t know what the future holds, but we never take one day for granted.

Team Members

Thank You Donors

M&M Bandits For A Cure doesn't have any donations yet.

Be The First To Donate

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.

Dedicate a Luminaria Join Our Team
true
Would you like to kickstart your fundraising by making a donation?
95724
Your team name last year.
This team doesn’t have a leader.
Would you like to lead the team or join the team?

This isn’t what I wanted.

Do you have a discount code? (optional)
Could help provide free access to 24-hour information and support via phone, email, and online chats for one person.
Could help provide free access to 24-hour information and support via phone, email, and online chats for two people.
Could help provide 8 rides to and from treatment for a breast cancer patient with our Road to Recovery® program.
Could offer a cancer patient and their caregiver one night of free lodging at a Hope Lodge® location.
Any donation amount helps save lives from breast cancer.

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.

Please enter a valid zip code
Please enter at least three letters of the city name.
Please choose a state.
Please enter at least three letters of the event name.
Please enter at least three letters of the team name.
Please enter at least three letters of the first or last name.
City
Zip Code
First Name
Team Name
Enter First Name
Enter Team Name
Relay For Life of Thurston County
../acs_bb_2018/branch/master/theme/rfl/img/
Team Page URL copied
Personal Page URL copied
https://secure.acsevents.org/site/../acs_bb_2018/branch/master/
http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/?
209329
https://secure.acsevents.org/site/
http://main.acsevents.org/site/
Relay For Life
RFL_CY21_WER_
RFL_CY21_WER_
false
false
false
212807
11076072543