Thank you so much for your interest in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)! Please note, online donations made through this page from this point and on will not impact the standings of the 2015 Massachusetts Chapter Man and Woman of the Year winners. However, any donations made from this point on will continue to fund LLS’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
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I am Liam D. Fitzgerald and this is my story as told by my mother!
You never know what life will deal to you at any given time nor do you always have a choice. What you do control is how you handle or play the cards that you are dealt.
My son Liam was born with Down syndrome (DS) in 2006. He was a normal little boy with DS however the beginning of everything was sometimes a little harder for him. He was fully integrated in school and joined in activities (at his ability level) just like any other child. He was a beautiful bright light in our life.
Then one day, he was limping and within a week, he wasn't walking at all. From one day to the next, our bright light began to dim, when in December 2009, the doctor told us that Liam had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). We were immediately admitted to the hospital and began aggressive treatment that lasted for the next 4 years.
Beverly Beckham of the Boston Globe once described the journey with her granddaugher, Lucy, who also has DS, in a way I recognize and believe it also relates to our journey with ALL.
The road is narrow and it's hilly and it twists and turns, and for long stretches you're all alone on the road. And it's always slow going, stop signs and animal crossings and sleepy little towns where the speed limit is actually enforced. And when it rains the road is slick and dangerous. And when it snows it is almost impassable. And sometimes you wish there were an exit to a well-lit, smooth, straight highway.
There was no smooth, straight highway. There were multiple visits to the emergency room, seizures, fevers, infections and endless ongoing treatments and medications. For the next 4 years, our life wasn't our own but dedicated to making our son healthy again.
People would say, "how do you deal with all of this and work and raise the rest of your family." The answer is simple - you just DO! You don't have a choice - this is your child and you will do anything you can for them. Although this illness and experience was difficult, it also had a lot of positive aspects to it. There are the people you meet along the way - some just like you who are on the same journey. The journey that made all of us a lot stronger along the way. The journey where faith, family and friends were such a critical part of our lives and our support. The journey where we met so many wonderful people - like the doctors, nurses and other parents dealing with similar and in many cases much more difficult childhood cancers.
In May 2013, Liam took his final chemo treatment and "kicked cancer's butt!"
Our light began to shine brightly again! Our vibrant little boy, who loves music and sports, began living life again to its fullest!
I wish I could have spared Liam from going through this difficult challenge in his life - but I couldn't. I wish I could save every other person from having to go through life with blood cancers - but I can't. What we can do is help to find a cure. We can raise funds to support the fighters, honor the survivors and remember those who lost their battles (our angels). All the funds we raise with this campaign will help find cures and ensure access to treatment for blood cancer patients.
Your donations will help others like Liam! It will fund treatments that save lives every day; like immunotherapies that use a person's own immune system to kill cancer. Every single donation (no matter how small) helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these.
No more dim or dark lights! Someday is TODAY! As we embark on this 10-Week campaign, we ask each of YOU to let your light shine bright for the future of a world without blood cancers! DONATE TODAY and pass it on!
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If the 5.5M people who originally viewed this video donated just $1 each, that would be millions of dollars for cancer research!
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On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org