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Our Story and Request for Your Support
Dear Friends and Family,
The words a mother, father or loved one never wants to hear became a reality for us on 2/4/20. Our son, Kevin, at age 31, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), with a FLT3 gene mutation. This mutation made the diagnosis more serious and requires more treatments, many of which were not available prior to 2-3 years ago.
This shattering news came out of nowhere and was a big shock to our entire family, including his wife of 3.5 years, Kelly. Their first baby, Friar, was just 3 months old. The first 6 weeks after diagnosis, Kelly, Kevin’s dad, and I were by his side in the hospital. Like all of us, the pandemic complicated our lives, including Kevin’s. His hospital stays required him to be alone, with no visitors. His Stem Cell Transplant was on 5/29/20 which required 4 weeks of inpatient care by himself.
You can imagine how we all felt. To be honest, I ignored the calls from The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) thinking I couldn’t handle one more thing in my life. Finally, several months later, I decided to take their call. I am very grateful I did, as this call forever changed my mission in life. I learned many things on this call, like the incredible impact LLS’s research had directly on Kevin, his type of Leukemia and his gene mutation. They told me about the miraculous things they are doing to try and end this disease and sent me a list of the drugs that have been developed and FDA approved, in just the last 2-3 years. I looked at the list and to my amazement, every single drug Kevin is taking is on this list. The emotion stirred was overwhelming and remains today. It then became clear to me what the doctors meant when Kevin was first diagnosed by saying “in the last 2-3 years, there has been massive movement in the cure for AML.”
I am honored to accept my nomination for LLS’s Man & Woman of the Year, a 10-week fundraising campaign. I am passionate to do what I can to help this phenomenal organization. Our Team is called “Team Kevin.” We are planning to raise $100,000 or more over the next 10 weeks – starting April 8 and running through June 19, 2021.
I am reaching out because I need your help! Please support my campaign by making a lifesaving, 100% tax deductible donation t*oday via my webpage, or via check made payable to LLS. If you own a business, consider supporting by contributing a percentage of sales or take donations in a ‘jar of hope’. My family and I would greatly appreciate you sharing this letter, our link, and our story with all those you know to help our campaign and spread the mission of LLS. You never know who is dealing with this disease. These funds raised will go towards research to cure blood cancers, and may other types of cancer, too. Thankfully, it is working. These researchers are very close to finding cures.
More than 1.2 million Americans are battling blood cancers, with a diagnosis of every 3 min. I hope that our team and your donation will support those newly diagnosed and show them that they are not alone.
On behalf of myself, my family, and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, I thank you so very much for your gift and your support.
|LLS is a 501(c)3 non-profit and your donation is 100% tax deductible.
Campaign Timeline: April 8-June 19, 2021
Checks Payable to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society MEMO: Charlene Ewell
Mail Checks to: _ Charlene Ewell
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