Saturday, October 11, 2014

Light the Night Walk Success

The Light the Night Walk for blood cancer research was a huge success due to all my and my team's friends and family who donated to this great cause! Our team's goal was $2500 and we raised $3453 with a ranking of 21st out of 401 friends and family teams! My personal goal was $1000 and I raised $1708 ranking 51st of 4,392 individual fundraisers! That's without corporate matching which has not posted yet. 

I couldn't have done my part without all of you! You guys really rock!! I'm so grateful to know that you are willing to help stamp out blood cancers. It feels incredible to give back in this way!

Following are pictures from an awesome evening!

[photo taken by Jill Turner]

White lanterns = Survivors. Red lanterns = caregivers. Yellow lanterns = in memory of.

[photo taken by Dr. Matous, my transplant doc, a wonderful man!]

It was so incredible to see the support for this cause by the number of participants present in the Denver walk. This is only a small portion!

[photo taken by Lawrence Howard, Susan's husband]

Susan Howard and I met on the Bone Marrow/Stem Cell unit at Presbyterian St. Luke's in Denver, Colorado. She had her stem cell transplant on January 28 and I had mine on January 30. I do believe we are sisters in overcoming and thriving. It's very possible, maybe even likely, that if people hadn't donated to research in the past we wouldn't be here to contribute now. It's great that we both had so many care for us and help us meet our goals for Light the Night so patients to come will be able to have the treatments they need.

[photo taken by Christine Howard, Susan's mother]

This is the team, Lissa's Walking Troupe! Jill and Sharon were two of my many caregivers during my 100 days post transplant when I needed 24/7 care. I'm so thankful to them! Left to right: Jill, me, Sharon, and Susan.

We even made the jumbotron. How's that for coolness!

[photo taken by Jill Turner]

Me looking at the lanterns. I loved the lights and I'm standing there in awe that I ventured out to participate in a crowd. I don't like crowds. But this was different. I could feel the love and caring that surrounded me there. And thanks to all my donors for being there too (in spirit).


  1. Thank you so very much for posting this! What an amazing turnout and outpouring of generosity. Thank you for letting me participate in a small way. xo

  2. What a celebration and inspiration! My grandparents both passed away from leukemia, so I'm very grateful for this organization. I'm so very glad you're a survivor! Thanks for sharing this!

  3. What an amazing event and I can see how it has made a big impact in your life. Plus all the beautiful friends you have made in this life changing process.

  4. What a beautiful story and what a great cause...wishing you so much healing and love as you move forward Lissa...thanks for sharing and shinning your light.

  5. An honour to know you and contribute to your wonderful achievement...

  6. Yay you!...and all of your wonderful team mates too.

    (the name Dr. Matous rings a bell...I think he was one of my sister's doctors many years ago)

  7. What an awesome event. Good for you!!!!


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