As a design lover, I hold many things close to my heart; amazing color palettes, daring pattern play, charming accessories and the list goes on. Can you guess just one thing that ranks higher than all of the above? M O M… and I’m sure this is the case for several of you. Not only has she instilled many of the traits that make me the woman I am today, but she continually teaches me about the woman I strive to be – just like her.
My Mom is a problem solver, a fighter, the bravest woman I’ve ever known. With all of the challenges she’s faced, she’s survived the hardest of them all… cancer. In May 2007, my Mom was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) after a routine blood test revealed an elevated white blood cell count of 219,449. Want to know what the normal range is? Get ready… 4,000 to 10,000!!! That’s almost fifty five times higher than you or I. Well eight years later (and many scary and painful times in between), my Mom is cancer-free and a leukemia survivor. Although she must take chemotherapy (pill form) for the rest of her life, our family received the ultimate blessing. We don’t just celebrate birthdays or holidays, we celebrate every day.
So many elements have contributed to my Mom’s success in beating this ugly disease, but one that I’ll forever be grateful to is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. They’re the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Without their research, education, and constant support, my Mom would not be here today. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Now it’s time to give back to LLS by helping them raise awareness and money for their annual Light the Night Walk, taking place downtown Las Vegas in four short weeks. My friends and family have put together a team and we’re dedicating our earnings to my Mom. If you’d like to join our efforts, please donate to LLS HERE! I sincerely appreciate your consideration, no gift is too small.