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Reason number 1,500 that I hate cancer – There’s no such thing as “Cancer Free.”

June 21st, 2011 No comments

The endless medications that are taken daily and the relegation to a wheelchair for the rest of her life make it so that Traci and I will never be "Cancer Free." We're reminded of it daily in everything that we do, and will be every day for as long we live.

Traci has been “cancer free” since October 2002 when she completed a successful Bone Marrow Transplant, but just because her medical chart lists her as no longer having cancer, doesn’t mean that she’s free of it.  I laugh when I hear the term “cancer free” because the reality is, she’ll never really be free of cancer.  Every day, we’re reminded of the cancer that once was, and the impact that it’s taken on her body, and subsequently the difference that it’s made in both of our lives. Read more…

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Thanks for helping us raise money for a cure.

November 9th, 2010 No comments

On Saturday Night, our family headed over to Woodland Hills to participate in the “Light The Night” walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Our team had set a goal of raising $2,000 for the charity, and we exceeded that goal thanks entirely to the generous donations of our friends and family.  In total, our team contributed to the sum total of more than $200,000 raised on the night, and a sum that places the LLS at close to raising $1 million for Light The Night walks this year.

The event itself was a memorable experience.  Thousands of people converged in the Woodland Hills Park to participate in the event.  The area had a band playing as well as a number of tents for each of the major sponsors of the walk.  One of the tents handed out balloons which contained small flashlights fixed inside of each of the balloons.  There were 3 different colored balloons representing different things.  Red Balloons were given to those walking in the event and supporting the cause.  White balloons were given to people that had survived cancer.  And Gold Balloons were given out in memory of those that had lost their battle with cancer.  The balloon string was connected to a flashlight-like switch that turned the light on inside of the balloons, and as darkness fell the thousands of people turned on their balloons, the event really began to take light (so to speak). Read more…

Walking for a Cure

November 1st, 2010 7 comments
Traci and Paul

My wife Traci and I at the "Celebration of Life" at the City of Hope

I’m one of those guys that hates cancer.  Not that there’s anyone out there that cares for the disease mind you, but in the case of our family, it’s played a major role.

In April of 2002, my wife Traci was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma a week after she gave birth to her youngest daughter Nikki.   The tumor crushing her lung was softball sized, and the news continued to get worse when the cancer was found in her bone marrow.  At the age of 24, Leukemia – Stage 4 is perhaps one of the worst possible diagnoses one can receive for a mother of 2.

The cancer was treated aggressively with multiple rounds of chemotherapy.  Read more…

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