Saturday, October 16, 2010

Thank You!

As I am writing this, lots of folks are gearing up for the San Francisco Nike Marathon to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society which is tomorrow.  We want to thank Auntie Jen, Auntie Steph, Chandra, Bobbie, Vanessa and Vanessa's sister for raising funds and running/walking for LLS.  We are so very grateful for your efforts!  We also want to thank all of our family and friends that have supported these runners in their fundraising efforts!!  Here is how your donation helps:
$1000 Supports one week’s salary for a medical researcher at UCSF, Stanford, or Berkeley who may discover key information to developing curative treatments for blood cancers.
$500 Provides a blood cancer patient with financial assistance for one year to help with transportation and co-pays.
$200 Funds one Family Support Group meeting of 9-15 participants; the SF Bay Area chapter has 9 monthly support group meetings.
$150 Allows 5 patients to make a First Connection with a trained peer volunteer.
$100 Provides 3 patients access to an information teleconference.
$75 Is the average cost of tissue typing to become a bone marrow donor.
$50 Is the cost of a CT scan.
$40 Is the cost of sending a comprehensive packet of information for children with cancer.
$35 Pays for transportation expenses for a patient living in Northern California’s most rural areas to treatment at a comprehensive cancer center.
$25 Covers a single prescription co-payment.
$5 Is the cost of sending a newly diagnosed patient information about support and their disease
So, again, thank you TNTers and thanks to those who donated.  We are moved by your love!!

Last week while staying at "the resort" waiting for Emilie's counts to recover, Emilie accompanied one of our favorite doctors to speak to a group of Team in Training ladies.  Dr. Jeng spoke about how the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society helps at Stanford and Emilie spoke a little bit about her journey.  I was very proud of Emilie as she was able to speak confidently and honestly about her cancer.   At one point, a TNTer/cancer survivor asked Emilie if she had to have many lumbar punctures.  Emilie answered yes, but they weren't that bad and she kind of enjoyed counting when they gave her anesthesia.  That is my girl, always looking on the bright side of life.  Getting back to Dr. Jeng.  Dr. Jeng was the doctor that admitted Emilie back in June and we couldn't have asked for a better doctor to do that hard job.  Dr. Jeng is very intelligent, compassionate, kind and loving and he truly cares for his patients.  Dr. Jeng is not Emilie's primary oncologist, but he is one of our favorite doctors.  In addition to being a fantastic person, Dr. Jeng is also a TNTer and has run many marathons.  Thank you Dr. Jeng for loving on Emilie and our family!!!

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