I was only 20 years old when I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. According to current literature from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, “AML is a difficult disease to cure. A few decades ago almost no adults with AML were cured.” Even today, overall five-year survival rates for AML are only only marginally better than they were in 1990.
I was one of the lucky ones. For that – and for three subsequent decades without any lingering complications or long-term health issues – I will always be incredibly grateful.
To celebrate my thirtieth “cancerversary,” I’ve chosen to take on another ten week fundraising campaign on behalf of LLS. In 2016, I competed against local candidates in Minnesota and was named Man of the Year. This year I’m representing the Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota Chapter in a national All-Star Man & Woman of the Year fundraising competition. Every dollar counts. The money raised for LLS goes toward vital research, patient services, and government advocacy.