Sunday, February 18, 2007

Hike for Discovery 2007

The New Year is here and that means another season of Hike for Discovery! Last year, Steph and I spent more than three months training for a hike into the Grand Canyon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in memory of Steph’s father, Mitchell Levine. Through lots of hard work, and miles upon miles on the trails of Georgia, we surpassed our goal to raise $8,000 for LLS. Last year, we raised over $9,500 from friends, family and strangers to help fight blood cancers!

In June, I’ll be hiking with the Hike for Discovery (HFD) team in Yosemite National Park. This year, I’m serving as a mentor with HFD helping the team to train for hikes in Yosemite and the Grand Canyon — while raising money for LLS to fund research and patient services.

Did you know?

  • In 2006, an estimated 785,829 Americans were living with blood cancers.
  • Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20.
  • Every five minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer.
  • Every 10 minutes, someone dies from a blood cancer.
  • The Society awards about $58 million annually in research grants to find a cure for, or control of, blood cancers.
  • LLS has invested $483 million since 1954 into research that has significantly improved survival rates for thousands
This year, I’m hiking for our team’s Honored Hero, Elijah Cox. Elijah is 8 years old and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2004. Like most children, Elijah enjoys riding bikes, playing basketball, matchbox cars, video games, swimming and music. Every dollar I raise helps LLS find treatments and cures for blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin’s disease. Donations also go to support families, like Elijah’s, through information hotlines, support groups and the Trish Greene Back to School Program for Children with Cancer. This program helps increase communication among health care professionals, parents, patients and school personnel to assure youngsters a smooth transition from active treatment back to school.

The Society’s work is far from over! While I’m training, you can help me reach my goal of raising $4,500 by donating to my Hike for Discovery. Your 100% tax-deductible contribution will bring those cures a step closer and help LLS continue to provide patient services to Elijah and his family. Many companies match employees’ charitable donations, if yours does, please apply for the matching donation to help me reach my goal even quicker!

I sincerely appreciate your support of my Hike for Discovery and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hope everything works out for Elijah, god bless the brave little guy!