In September, more than 40,000 Lights of Hope bags will be displayed across America in a united Lights of Hope ceremony which includes touching messages of support, encouragement and remembrance for those who have fought cancer, been a caregiver or lost a loved one.
Twenty-two years ago, as a junior in undergrad, I was diagnosed with a rare form of soft-tissue sarcoma which had metastasized. The prognosis was grim: 6 months to two years. Thanks to extensive surgery and strong chemotherapy discovered by an ACS CAN researcher, I am blessed to have remained stable since 1998. Being stable has allowed me so many blessings I once thought I'd miss out: getting my law degree, being a wife, a foster mother, an adoptive mom, daughter, and a job I love advocating for cancer patients in the halls of government.
I’ll be honoring my friends and family at this very special event. I’d love for those you know who have been touched by cancer - friends and loved ones - to be part of it too.
For a minimum of a $10 donation you can help us light up the nation with your dedicated bag and help us send a reminder to Congress that they need to do more to help fight this disease. It is a beautiful, touching event that never fails to bring me to tears.
I will be making all of my bags this year. I will take photos of your bag(s) the night of the Lights of Hope Ceremony and will go LIVE so you can enjoy there ceremony from the comfort of your home!
Contributions or membership payments to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc. are not tax deductible.