In January 2013, I was diagnosed with PH+ acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). I had just turned 19 and finished my first semester at the University of Florida. I missed the rest of my freshman year but after eight months in and out of the hospital, I achieved remission and my doctors allowed me to go back to school for the fall.
For a year and a half, I had monthly chemotherapy but otherwise lived an almost normal student life. I played basketball with my friends, attended college football games, joined organizations on my campus and even vacationed with my family to New York. December 20, 2014 was set to be the day for my last chemo session. I would be able to ring that special bell engraved “With hope, anything is possible.” It symbolized the end of treatment.
I lost my mom to acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2003. Her battle was short, just three months, which left me in shock and feeling very angry. My mom had always instilled in me the value of working hard to accomplish goals and I knew she wouldn’t want me wasting energy being angry. In late 2004, I decided to find a way to channel the anger into something productive, and just weeks later I came across a Team In Training (TNT) brochure. I started running half marathons with TNT and I’ve since completed about a dozen.
Cassie Fetsch is a regular volunteer for the Minnesota Chapter. When school is out, we can count on Cassie to be in the office folding letters, stuffing and labeling envelopes, counting TNT brochures, cleaning out drawers or putting together pizza boxes. Since Domino's sponsors Pennies for Patients, they donate all the boxes to ship campaign supplies. And Cassie assembled all of this year's boxes for more than 800 schools.
In 2010, Cassie's cousin Kylie was diagnosed with ALL at age 10, ....
Dorothy Spriggs was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in 1999 and is currently doing well.
Since 2011, “Ms. Dottie” has volunteered with the Baltimore chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She does office work regularly, participates in events and volunteers as a peer counselor to support others living with the same diagnosis.
In 1995, Michael’s daughter Carley was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), M-7 – a rare form of blood cancer – at just two and a half years old. For the following year, Michael and his wife, Liz, practically lived at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego while Carley underwent heavy chemotherapy treatment.
Christine Attia knows first-hand how overwhelming and terrifying a blood cancer diagnosis can be. She lost her 27-year-old fiancé three years ago after a courageous six-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a blood cancer for which there is no screen, no test, and maybe worse, no new treatments in over 30 years.