Light the Night!

This Saturday, I'm participating in the DC Light the Night Walk with team IMAGINATION DOMINATION.

Photo credit: Tsar Kasim.

Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's evening walk and fundraising event. It is the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lost.

I was inspired to participate in the Light The Night Walk by my friend and team captain, Jessica.

Jessica started our team while she was undergoing treatment for acute myelogenous leukemia. Thanks to innovations in cancer treatment research; a generous, matching bone marrow donor; excellent care at Johns Hopkins; her own amazing, fighting spirit; and the support of many friends, family, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma society, Jessica is now in remission!

Jessica isn't the only person I know who has been affected by leukemia or lymphoma. One of my ex-roommates is a survivor of Hodgkin's disease and my best friend, Sharlette, is a survivor of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Here's Sharlette (right) and me (left) at Lauriol Plaza:

Every 4 minutes one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer. An estimated 139,860 people will be newly diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma this year.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) funds lifesaving research that has contributed to major advances in the treatment of blood cancers and treatments for other types of cancer, such as chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. These treatments have helped patients live better, longer lives. New targeted therapies that kill cancer cells without harming normal tissue are providing drugs and procedures that are improving quality of life.

So, what does this have to do with gardening or food? Well, not much to do with gardening, but we are having a food related fundraiser tomorrow. Our team is having an event at California Tortilla in Bethesda (4862 Cordell Ave Bethesda, MD). Mention the password "CURE" between 11am and 5pm and 25% of the sale goes to team Imagination Domination. You must say the secret password! Please come and show your support and ask your friends, family, and coworkers to stop by and get some yummy food.

You can also donate directly to the Light the Night walk here. You can donate in ANY amount and every little bit counts!!!