Matching Gifts…? What’s that?!

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How is your fundraising going? Do you have a bunch of fun fundraiser events and campaigns scheduled? Doing the same successful ideas that you’ve done over and over the last few years?

Have you heard of Matching Gifts… No?
Well how do you feel about “free money?” That’s basically what a matching gift is.
You can  continue to have amazing events and fundraisers and raise the funds the same way you always have, but how about we double those numbers!

See companies below that we know match your donation. All you have to do is let them know you’ve donated and if you, a team walker, a spouse, a relative work there…have them submit a request to match donations. How does that sound?

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If you see a company you are connected with contact them! It’s that simple.

Call the Light The Night Staff at (508) 810-1342 if you have any more questions about Matching Gifts!

Happy Fundraising!

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Volunteer for Light The Night

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It’s that time of the year! We are looking for volunteers for ALL Walk Sites for Light The Night. As a reminder the dates are:

Wakefield – Saturday, October 1, 2016
NashuaSaturday, October 15, 2016
Worcester
– Saturday, October 15, 2016
Boston – Thursday, October 20, 2016
Providence – Saturday, October 23, 2016

For several years we have had repeat volunteers come help at registration, the snack tent, set-up and breakdown, etc to bring a smile, great energy and an overwhelming sense of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission. We are all sharing The Light The Night experience to fight the fight against cancers. Amy is a returning volunteer in Nashua. She comes with the Independent Karate School every year to help out.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has been a spark of life for me: a representation of a new beginning. I have been involved with the organization not only through volunteering at Light the Night, where I watched valorous walkers show their strength against looming contingencies, but also by running three marathons with Team in Training, fueled by the stories and strength of others. This involvement was certainly empowered by the confidence I have gained through 15+ years of IKS martial arts practice.

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Please visit us at http://www.lightthenight.org/ways/volunteer/ and go to the closest walk to you to sign up! You can also call (508) 810-1342 to speak directly to a campaign specialist and get access to the Volunteer Application right away!

We can’t wait to see you this Fall! And thank you in advance for giving your time to the mission and our amazing Light The Night Walks!

Light The Night with us!

Register!

Make sure you get your registration in for 2016 Light The Night! You still have time to register your team and start your fundraising efforts. You can register online or give us a call and we can take care of registration for you!

Online registration:
Boston, Nashua, Wakefield or Worcester sites
Providence, Rhode Island site

Give us a call at (508) 810-1342

Walk Dates:

Boston: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Nashua
: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Providence: Saturday, October 23, 2016
Wakefield: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Worcester: Saturday, October 15, 2016

be part of it

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Happy National Volunteer Week!

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society would like to extend our most sincere thank you’s to all our kind-hearted and generous volunteers that we see time and time again, helping at our campaign events, completing tasks in the office and just bring a smile and joy to all those with LLS. We wouldn’t be successful without your help! Can’t wait to see everyone again throughout the year and to welcome new faces at each campaign!

To Register for this year’s Light the Night walks visit:
Boston, Nashua, Wakefield and Worcester
http://www.lightthenight.org/ma
Providence
http://www.lightthenight.org/ri


And to become a volunteer give us a call at:
(508) 810-1342

My Story: True Meaning

I will never forget the phone ringing that night and my doctor’s voice on the other end asking me to put my husband on the line because she had some difficult news.  I heard the word leukemia and I heard her say I needed to come to her office in the morning.

Then, all the air left the room.  I couldn’t breathe.  I couldn’t think.  Did she just say I had leukemia?  Am I going to die?  What is happening?  I’m only 46.  My head was spinning.  When I was able to focus I saw my youngest daughter, Elyssa, standing in the room crying.  All the questions running through my head stopped.  I stopped crying, hugged her, and looked into her eyes and told her everything was going to be ok.

The next morning my doctor told me that I had Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.  She set everything in motion for me to see an oncologist for care and further testing.  She tried to reassure me by telling me this type of blood cancer is slow growing and I likely won’t need treatment until I am much older.  My husband and mum seemed reassured.  It didn’t make me feel any better, but hearing that I wasn’t going to die tomorrow … I’ll take it.

My first appointment with the oncologist was mostly lots of labs and lots of reassurance that I wasn’t going to need to worry about this for a very long time.  She said the plan is called “watchful waiting.”  I remember thinking to myself that she left out one of the “w’s” – the one for “worrying.”  It didn’t sound imminent; however, I hadn’t totally bought in yet.

My next appointments were not as reassuring.  My lab results indicated I had several positive “markers” for the aggressive form of this leukemia and I needed to go to Dana Farber.  I was so scared and so incredibly lucky that Dana Farber wasn’t too far away.  Not that distance really mattered.  I could see on my husband’s face that he would take me anywhere I needed to go.

The past year has been a roller coaster for me.  “Don’t worry you won’t need treatment for years.”  “Oh wait, you are going to need treatment sooner than we thought.”

Go to Boston.  Wait again.  “We’re not sure if your ER visits for swelling in your throat are related to the leukemia.”  “No, wait, we think it is related.”

Having ongoing difficulty swallowing?  “Carry these Epi pens with you at all times, just in case.”  “Oh, take these meds, too.  Your ‘numbers’ have doubled already.”  “You need treatment.”  “Wait, you need to get into a clinical trial.”

Wait.  Wait.  Wait.

I couldn’t just wait.  I was scared.  I was worried.  My family, friends, and colleagues were worried.  I needed to do something.

I already knew about the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  Being the fourth one on my mother’s side to be diagnosed with Leukemia, I had already made many donations over the years hoping that it would help my cousins.  Now, I needed the help.

One of the first things I saw on their website was information on the “Light the Night” events.  I immediately signed up for the 5k walk in Nashua.  Wow, this already felt much better than worrying!  Now I just needed a fundraising goal, a team name, T-shirts, and a team.

This was going to be more difficult than I thought since I had not told many people about my diagnosis.  But, I went ahead and entered a lofty goal of raising $300, asked my family to be my team, and ordered a few shirts.  My son, Josh, suggested the team name “Chafing the Dream.”  Perfect.  My daughter, Audrey, went on social media to spread the word that we were raising money for LLS.

What happened next filled me with so much love and hope.  My team grew. Donations came in from so many supportive people.  I watched my neighbor’s young niece walk up to the booth at the walk and donate money from her piggy bank.  All of it.  All $85 of it.

I walked the 5k that night surrounded by loving supportive people in my life.  I walked every step.  Me, with arthritic knees that hurt on a good day, who is tired every day now, who is overweight, and who is completely out of shape.  I did it.  And, we raised $5,000!

That day I felt such power from the love and support of my family and friends.  They love and support me every day … I’ll take it.  It makes all the difference on this journey.

At my next appointment I told my oncologist about our team, about our walk, and about raising $5,000.  She stopped what she was doing, stood back, and told me that the money we raised for LLS was going to help finish research on a new promising drug for CLL.  That was in October 2013.

In February of 2014 the FDA approved inbrutinib, a promising new treatment for CLL.  I am currently waiting to start treatment in a clinical trial at Dana Farber….with hope.

True meaning.

-Written by Martha Clark. Nashua Light The Night team captain, mother, wife, and currently undergoing treatment for CLL.

The 2013 Light The Night Walk Season- Part 1

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For a photo recap of all of our Walks, be sure to click the image above or stop by the Massachusetts Chapter Light The Night Walk Facebook Page!

In the midst of planning for the 2014 Light The Night Walk season, the Massachusetts Chapter’s Light The Night Staff wanted to take a moment to provide a recap of the 2013 Walk season. Without the tireless support of our many Walk participants and volunteers, none of this would have been possible! Thank you to everyone who took part in all 5 of our Walks this year!
The Massachusetts Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) had an amazing 2013 Light The Night Walk season. In total almost 6,650 participants walked to the end of cancer in York, Wakefield, Nashua, Boston, and Worcester. Our walkers raised $1.6 million, to benefit the LLS mission of providing patients with support services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments and the most promising and innovative cancer research available.

Nashua, NH

In Nashua, NH more than 600 walkers gathered at Greeley Park for the Nashua Light The Night Walk. Nashua walkers were part of 65 teams out of which 12 were corporate teams and 53 friends and family teams. Nashua walkers and teams raised $183,350 for the LLS. The top 5 friends and family teams for Nashua’s 2013 Light The Night Walk included teams: North End Family & Friends ($8,105.44), Team Carroll ($7,025.00), Chafing the Dream ($5,000.00), Team Fluffy ($4,366.10) and Annimals ($3,422.50). The top 5 corporate teams included: Elbit Systems of America ($63,255.74), Cox Clinic Angels ($1,914.00), Tastefully Simple ($1,502.00), Kohl’s #533 Rainbow Racers for LLS ($1,000.00), and Dear Jack Foundation ($860.00).

York, ME

In York, ME 450 attendees walked to the end of cancer at York Beach Ball Field. Walkers belonged to 15 corporate teams and 49 friends and family teams. Together these 64 teams were able to raise $87,154.00. The top 5 friends and family fundraising teams for York were: Kimphoma ($7,465.00), Nadeaus’s Shining Stars ($5,117.00), Team Shirley ($4,095.00), Team Lala ($3,885) and Team HOP3FUL ($3,149.00). The 5 top fundraising corporate teams included: York High School Interact ($4,768.00), Phi Gamma Delta ($1,826), TJ Maxx Store 0059 ($1,233.56), Mission Team – York ($1,075.00), and Team Marshwood ($925.00).

Wakefield, MA

Wakefield, MA was one of the larger walks of our 2013 season with an estimated 1,000 walkers on 102 total teams raising $187,073.00. Participants gathered with their corporate or friends and family teams as they walked around Lake Quannapowitt to shed light on the dark world of cancer. From the 13 corporate teams, the top 5 teams for Wakefield included: SMART Modular ($15,134.83), Ferriter Scobbo & Rodophele PC ($8,281.00), ADP ($5,229.52) and North Andover High School Band ($3,985.00). The top 5 friends and family teams were: Team Frank! ($6,650.00), Grammy Barbara’s Team ($5,495.29), Team Mary Thompson ($4,970.00), CAWS ($4,697.75), and Team Martha ($4,675.22).
These walks would not have been possible without our volunteers, sponsors and walkers. The official dates for the 2014 Light The Night Walk season are now available. We hope to see you on September 27th in either York, ME or Wakefield, MA, October 2nd in Nashua, NH, October 9th in Boston, MA or October 18th in Worcester, MA. Thank you for taking the time to make a difference not someday, but today.
-Submitted by Ana Hurtado, Boston Light The Night Walk walker and Hodgkin’s survivor