I'm so excited to be working with LLS for "Light the Night" SF this year! Light the Night is a fundraiser raising money for Leukemia and Lymphoma patients and their families. I'll be hosting the event and walking with my cousin's team, Team Jessica. If you want to join our team, below is the link, or you can donate. Everything helps and this is an awesome cause. My family is so lucky that Jessica was able to survive Leukemia but others aren't so fortunate. At the even, survivors will have white lanterns, supporters have red ones, and in memory of those who passed will have a gold one. Here's my cousin Jessica's story below:
Hi, my name is Jessica Lopez and this is my story.
I am a 29 year-old mother of 2 beautiful boys. Just over a year ago, I was working full time and was nearly finished completing my Bachelor’s degree. Little did I know I had cancer running all throughout my blood. Although I had been in pain for several months I ignored it because I was so busy with life. The pain ultimately became unbearable, my heart was racing, my temperature was high, and I knew something was very wrong. I finally decided to go to John Muir Health in Concord where my sister works as an Oncology Nurse. Within four hours I would receive words no one ever wants to hear, including “You have cancer” and “you can’t leave the hospital” and “you will be here for at least 1 month.” I began to cry and ask questions like, “Am I was going to die?” Luckily, I had two of the most incredible nurses I have ever met, Hailey and Regina. They comforted and prayed with me. I was scared for my life as I waited for an oncologist to come talk to me. After patiently waiting, I met one of the most compassionate doctors I have ever come across, Dr. Shoba Kankipati. She told me I had leukemia and that I needed a bone marrow biopsy to determine the specific type. She performed my first of many bone marrow biopsies and that night I had a PICC line inserted into my arm.
My life changed forever. My new purpose in life is to educate my friends as well as family about blood cancer and life saving transplants. Please consider donating to a cause so close to my heart, this money goes directly to patients and research for blood cancer. Thank you all and as always GOD bless"