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2020 Warrior Walk: Celebrating Life Beyond Cancer

Team Olney

Welcome to Team Olney (Original Post June 24, 2020):

As we reflect back on the 2019 Warrior Walk, we realize how truly blessed we are to be surrounded by so many loving and caring family and friends. Over 300 individuals donated $26,150 to Team Olney. Team Olney won the team fundraising award, I won the individual fundraising award, and was honored to win the Wilmot Warrior Award.


Team Olney is proud to join the fight against cancer again this year. Each year, thousands are diagnosed with cancer. I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in July of 2011. Statistically, acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients have a 28% chance of surviving 5 years. Many of you have followed my journey as I have fought this awful disease. I was given a 50% chance of surviving the first stem cell transplant in November of 2011. After falling out of remission in March of 2014, I was given less than a 17% chance of surviving the second stem cell transplant. July 2020 will mark 9 years since the original diagnosis.


In addition to fighting the leukemia, I have survived the significant side effects caused by the treatment. The most serious being a major heart attack due to a pulmonary embolism, severe graft versus host disease, 2 muscle diseases which attacked and destroyed 70% of muscle mass and at least 20 other significant side effects requiring hospitalization and treatment.


The Doctors, nurses and researchers are extensions of God’s good work. Those who work on cancer cures cannot do their work without our financial support. Team Olney has committed to raising $10,000 to continue support of the cancer research which was started with our original gift to the Wilmot Cancer Institute almost 7 years ago. The results are promising, but much more needs to be done.


2020 has been a very unusual and unsettling year in a lot of ways. Cancer did not stop because of COVID-19. The UR Medical Center lost significant revenue and profits due to the Impact of the virus. Fundraising for cancer research and development is needed more than ever. Money raised in previous fundraisers plus gifts given to the cancer center from generous people like you provided treatment plans that helped save my life. I would not be alive today had it not been for that research and development activity. The odds against survival were somewhat daunting.


Proceeds from this fundraising effort will be added to funds already raised to support cancer research efforts at Wilmot Cancer Institute led by Drs. Calvi, Becker, Liesveld and their teams. We will send an update of the impact our fundraising has had as soon as we receive it. Please show your support by joining me and my family at the 2020 Virtual Wilmot Warrior Walk or by giving a donation today!

We set another significant goal of raising $10,000, not because it was easy to achieve, but because these funds are necessary to find targeted cures to prevent the significant side effects that usually occur with today's treatment plans. To date, we have had individuals pledge over $6,000 to our team. Please help us help those that will be affected by cancer in the future. God Bless all of you who chose to help....Team Olney

 

The Bible has a lot to say about generosity as a desirable character trait. Proverbs 22:9 says, “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.” God is generous, and He expects us to follow His example. God’s generosity is evidenced all around us.


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