Leukemia is the no. 1 child killing disease. Ten times as many adults as children are stricken with leukemia. Lymphoma rates have nearly doubled since the 1970's. Police officers always want to "catch a killer" and the Houston Police Department (HPD) Bicycle Relay Team's goal is to "arrest these killers" and accelerate The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's fight against blood cancers.
The Houston Police Bicycle Relay Team will begin their 2,000 mile bike ride to Portland, Maine! This is an unparalleled volunteer effort to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
You can participate in this life-saving effort through sponsorship of these hard working officers and civilians.
Including the donations from last year, the total contributions given through the Houston Police Bicycle Relay Team have exceeded $5.4 million. Because of generous giving like this, continuing research has resulted in survival rates for the most common form of childhood leukemia rising from 4% in 1960 to 90% in 2010! Further, leukemia researchers pioneered and developed most major cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, transfusion and radiation therapies, bone marrow and stem cell transplants- all made possible by donations given by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Leukemia research is looked upon as the window to the cure of all cancer!
You can help by making a donation towards the fundraising goal of the HPD Bicycle Relay Team by clicking on their name below.
2013 HPD Team:
Contact Alexandra Franklin to register for the 2013 ride @ email@example.com!
Click here to make a donation in memory of Sergeant Jason Leal
The 2013 anniversary goal of the Houston Police Bicycle Relay Team is to raise over $200,000!
It all started for me in June 2010 when I jumped in the shower to start my day with a 6 A.M. roll call. While in the shower I noticed a lump had developed under my right arm pit from one day to the next. There was no pain or discomfort, and I trusted the Internet to have all the answers. I learned that this was common for individuals who are fighting a body infection; I had just begun my annual summer sinus infection a couple of days before. I waited a week or two trying over the counter medications, but the continued residual effects of the infection persisted and I finally made an appointment to see my personal family physician. After my visit, it was determined that the cause of my discomfort was my annual sinus infection, but my doctor was not comfortable with the lump under my arm pit. He prescribed antibiotics and referred me to a general surgeon to have it examined. That visit went well and the general surgeon wanted to remove it for safety reasons and testing, resulting in a scheduled surgical date for the following week. By Friday night, I thought I was having an allergic reaction to the antibiotic that was given to me, which was causing a rash and difficulty breathing when I exerted myself. I immediately stopped the medication and stuck it out through the weekend, visiting my doctor first thing Monday morning. After a brief visit, I was sent to a local emergency room for more extensive testing.
Preliminary results from the emergency room showed I had a large buildup of fluid around my right lung, an unexplained large mass on the right side of my chest and remaining uncertain lump under my right arm pit. I was admitted to the hospital and after several days of testing, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Doctors explained that my form of Lymphoma was a very aggressive form of cancer that had already spread into my bone marrow, but had not reached my spinal fluid or brain. As a result of this aggressive form of cancer, my chemotherapy treatment would also be administratively performed in the same fashion. The large amounts of chemotherapy treatment took a tremendous toll on my body and has resulted in several months of missed work and the stereotypical signs of a person going through cancer treatment (i.e. hair loss, weight loss and body discomfort).
It is at this time in my life I understand that I must stand strong against this evil that has invaded my body and surround myself with strong willed family and friends who will provide the spiritual and moral support I need. I am very aware that if I had gone through the same treatment just ten years ago, the results may have taken a very different turn in many different ways.
It is my hope that we all continue to be advocates for cancer research by supporting organizations such as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Houston Police Bicycle Relay Team.
Sgt. Jason C. Leal
Sergeant Jason Leal lost his battle to Lymphoblastic Lymphoma on Friday, January 6, 2012.
In photo (left to right): Jordan Klein, Jade Kelly, Monica & Jason Leal
BENEFITTING THE HOUSTON POLICE BICYCLE RELAY TEAM AND
THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
Saturday, March 30, 2013 9:30 A.M.
Depart from parking lot on northeast corner of FM 2920 and FM 249. Ride to Huntsville through Sam Houston National Forest. Lunch provided. $25 registration fee (tax-deductible) per motorcycle ($10 additional for rider).