We have participated in Light The Night for over 5 years now. The #Dominicstrong team was formed in the year that my nephew, Dominic Rooney passed away because there were no more treatment options for his acute myeloid leukemia. Friends of the family started the team and it has been an annual tradition ever since. Dominic's diagnosis and journey with cancer changed so many lives because of the energy and bravery he demonstrated day after day, it was awe inspiring and connected people who remain friends to this day.
Hearing about an event specific to those with blood cancers resonated, and knowing past participants who spoke so highly of the magic of the evening is what got the #Dominicstrong team started in 2015.
we were able to reach the $5,000 milestone through a combination of personal asks, participating in the LLSC led fundraisers including the kitchen party, silent auction, mom's pantry and veggie harvest, while also taking time to share about the purpose of the LLSC through social media and taking on some fun challenges of our own.
Light The Night to us means coming together to realize you are not alone. Not alone in your hope, in your grief, in your struggle, in your bravery, in your fear in your appreciation.
Other Canadians should support those affected by blood cancer because we are all connected probably through less degrees of separation than we realize, and the additional investment into research, and support programs and services are making a different for patients, survivors and their families.