You may have seen me posting lately about “Team Twice the Fight”. And you may have heard me talking about “the campaign”. Well, I’m super nervous, but also very excited that I can finally share what it’s all about. What I’ve been working on the last 4 months. What has become my passion. What has kept me moving when I have wanted to stop. What I’m doing in memory of Kendal. In honor of Kenedi. And for everyone who has been touched by a blood cancer.
Shortly after Kendal died in September, Kenedi celebrated 2 years in remission. It was unfathomable to me how I could have two children with the exact same DNA, the exact same cancer, the exact same treatment, have completely different outcomes. It’s maddening really (but that’s for another post). I wondered how can we not know why these drugs worked for one and why not for the other ON THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM? And I realized, even more than ever, that we need more research. We need better treatments. We need answers. And we desperately need cures. But how do I get that research, or those answers? And that’s where the campaign comes in.
I decided to partner up with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which we have been very involved in since the twins’ diagnoses, and run for 2018 Woman of the Year. When I decided to accept this nomination, it was about a month after Kendal died, I was newly pregnant (with our baby boy who is due ONE DAY BEFORE THE GRAND FINALE GALA!), we were living in my in-laws basement while building a house, and Aaron had recently started a new job. Not great timing, right? Wrong. In my mind, it is ALWAYS the right time to decide to do something to beat blood cancers. It is always the right time to fight back against the beast that stole one of my babies.
So what is “The Campaign”? The LLS Man and Woman of the Year Campaign is a fundraising competition where me and 8 other women (and 6 men) work tirelessly to raise as much money as we can in 10 weeks. The top male and female fundraisers will be named the 2018 LLS man and woman of the year. And we begin today, March 8th, and continue to Saturday, May 19th. Although blood cancer has touched our lives in a big way, this campaign is not just about Kenedi and Kendal. It is also about saving the lives of the 1.3 million people who are currently living with or in remission from a blood cancer today. I decided to partner with the LLS because they are the world’s largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research. Nearly 40% of new cancer therapies approved by the FDA between 2000 and 2015 were first approved for blood cancer patients.
I have assembled a team of amazing people – Team Twice the Fight – and we have spent the last 4 months preparing for this campaign. During the next 10 weeks, we have many events planned, with our biggest event being the 1st annual Kendal Mae 5k. This will take place on April 28, 2018 at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. This is a family friendly fun run/walk. Children (strollers) welcome as well as walkers and runners of all abilities. Virtual options available, too! Can’t make it to Minnesota? Don’t worry. Run or walk a 5k from your location and still receive “Team Twice The Fight” swag. Please visit the link below to register. There are perks to fundraising for this event, and sponsorship opportunities available as well. If you are interested please contact email@example.com.
Register for the Kendal Mae 5k here
Our goal for this campaign is not to win (okay, that’s a little bit a part of the goal) but our bigger goal is to bring awareness and funds to blood cancer. I’m a firm believer that awareness = funds = research = cure. And cures are what we need! We are hopeful to raise enough money to have a research portfolio named each for Kenedi and Kendal. But we can’t do it without your help. Please join me and Team Twice the Fight in the pursuit of kicking cancer’s butt.
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