Welcome to Karen Routt's MWOY Fundraising Page

What's Another $3,000?

Jun 06, 2013
by Karen Routt


This is short and sweet. Because of the generosity you exhibited during the Campaign, I am within striking distance of raising $50,000. If I raise another $3,000 by June 20, 2013, and reach $50,000, I will be able to link my name to an LLS-funded researcher this year to honor my efforts to help people with blood cancers.

We could do it if 300 people donate $10. $10 is the equivalent of:

- 2.5 specialty drinks at Starbucks

- a month of Netflix or HBO

- a meal at an amusement park

- a subscription to the magazine (that you never read)

I am still amazed that I raised $47,000 in ten weeks! I hope I can raise this final $3,000 in three weeks!

It Takes More than a Village

Jun 06, 2013
by Karen Routt


In 2007, my good friend LM found out her toddler son, NJ, had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).  It has been quite a journey for the family, which included NJ’s father and wonderful big sister. After four years in remission and 2 years of chemotherapy and radiation, NJ relapsed. His parents were told he needed a bone marrow transplant in order to save his life. In January 2012, NJ was the fortunate beneficiary of a bone marrow match and transplant! Now a recovering patient, NJ is back in first grade at school and lives a normal life. NJ loves music, books, people and life! 

This update just came from his mom the other day.  It included a lot of other information, but I want to share how all of us might be able to help other children and adults like NJ.

I wrote this note last week with a twinkle in my eye and tears, as we have now learned more about another most important member of our prayer circle. We now have been informed about NJ’s bone marrow donor, CD, age 40. Last Wednesday, I spoke with CD and his wife extensively. Suffice it to say, I thanked them both profusely and we bonded over this gift of life that they generously gave to NJ and our family. I thanked them on behalf of everyone we know who cared. I was able to share a little of our journey with him, including the fact unbeknownst to him that he was the only person in the database that matched NJ at all out of a registry of 16 million. I also shared that the fact that he was a perfect match and how well NJ did through the bone marrow transplant. CD and his wife have 3 girls, and he said "I thought to myself, I guess this is my chance to have a son." 

We will happily share NJ with him.  It takes more than a village.

NJ, LM and the rest of the family were notified of the donor’s name just last week!  They will be gathering to meet, in person, in the near future.  CD definitely saved NJ's life! If not for him, the end of this story might not have had such a happy one.

As a gentle reminder, PLEASE think about signing up for Be the Match at an event or visit www.bethematch.org. (All it takes to be a part of the registry is a swab of the inside of your cheek.) You, too, could be 1 in 16 million who could help a kid like NJ.  

Note From THE 2013 Woman of the Year: We Did It!!!

Jun 03, 2013
by Karen Routt


This is just a quick note to thank you for all of your support on my journey to become 2013 Woman of the Year for the Silicon Valley - Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

I was "sashed" on the night of Saturday, May 11th, as 2013 Woman of the Year during the closing Casino Night Gala at the Computer History Museum! I raised over $47,000 with your help!

This may be my first and last time in a sash!

Campaign Countdown for a Cure!

Jun 06, 2013
by Karen Routt


On Thursday, May 16th, I could see the end of the campaign. It was within sight! This was a reason to celebrate all that had occured over the previous 9 weeks and 5 days. Of course any old excuse was good enough to meet at Mango Caribbean in Palo Alto, but this was a really, really good reason!


After many email and snail mail letters, a half dozen fundraising events, soliciting and securing donations for drawings and auctions, raising awareness at several locations around the bay area, and all of the preparation required from many people to make all of these things happen I was ready to celebrate - no matter whether I became Woman of the Year for the Silicon Valley chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or not! And celebrate we did!

Cathy came with tennis buddy Laureen

Steve, Cathy and

Catherine (my mom) handling the ticket sales

Joann and Rola

There's Mango Caribbean's Owner Winston Wint, me, Debby and Tom

Some of the appetizers provided by Siam Orchid,

which is located across the street from Mango Caribbean


Bev and Olga left the tennis racquets behind,

but brought their husbands, Nick and Dick

We had several drawings that evening.

My campaign's Public Relations Chair, Angela Ausman, and Jenn LeBlanc of Think Results Marketing. (thinkresultsmarketing.com) Jenn's donation to the drawing was two hours of business/personal coaching. The other item in this basket was two hours of organizing provided by Joann McCreary (www.joanmccreary.weebly.com)

Some of the winners and their baskets:

Mike and his One Hope Wine basket


My cousin's friend, Roz, with the kid's basket

Dawn Billman, with our "coffee break" package,

which included cookies and a gift card to Philz Coffee!

Dawn was kind enough to speak about her experience as a mother of a child who is a leukemia survivor. (see my May 10th blog entry, "School, Church, Yoga and Neighbors.") Thanks for helping to raise awareness about needing a cure!

Sara ready to get organized!

We continued to have fun throughout the evening......

Jessica and Catherine

(Jessica represented the office of Dr. Aaron Vanderhoff, one of the evening's sponsors. (www.drvanderhoof.com)

By the way, this event would not have been as successful if Dr. Aaron had not provided the Siam Orchid appetizers. Campaign Countdown for a Cure! was truly a downtown Palo Alto collaboration, as Dr. Aaron, Siam Orchid and Mango Caribbean are all within a 2 minute walk of each other.

Service dog in training, Tate, brought along David and Bette

The Lambs (winner of the restaurant package drawing: Arya Global Cuisine (Redwood City), Palo Alto Grill (Palo Alto) and Paragon (San Francisco)

(aryarestaurant.com/redwood_city, www.paloaltogrill.com, paragonrestaurant.com/home.sanfrancisco)

Jenn and David

Diana, me and my mom

(Diana is my mom's favorite niece.

Sorry, Tammy, Paula, Carolyn, Jacqui and Mary Ann.)

Fundraising Oakland Style!!!

Jun 06, 2013
by Karen Routt


Our goal for this event was to raise awareness about blood diseases in the African-American community and how African-Americans can help those suffering from these diseases. As you can see, we raised awareness and had an enjoyable evening at the home of Sheila Lewis, Co-founder and CEO. (www.ashton212.com)

Winners of the drawings were:

Framed Photo: Revelia/Bernetha

One Hope Wine: Kathleen

Yoshi's San Francisco Tickets: Dennis and Terri

Thanks to my brother, Greg, for the photo from his "Young Divas" collection (www.gregroutt.com), Kim Walker for the wine (www.onehopewine.com) and my friend Linda Parker Pennington for the Yoshi's tickets (www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco)!

Kim Walker, me, Hostess Sheila Lewis,

and Multiple Myeloma Survivor Jennifer Flowers

Enjoying good wine, good food and good friends!

Gia and Kathleen

Kim enjoying the guests and noting their enjoyment!

Terri enjoys one of the food pairings

matched with one of the five varietals

Robert and Bernetha

Jennifer shares her story as a survivor

Joan and Bill

Listening to Jennifer

Dennis, Janet and Karen M.


Two Team in Training friends, Kathleen and Gayle,

with Jennifer

Revelia (Jennifer's mother), me, and Sharla and Nathan

(both are Team in Training members)

Simret, Allison and Phil

Sheila, Jennifer, Kim and Revelia at the end of a wonderful evening when

we raised significant funds for LLS and

raised awareness about blood diseases suffered by African-Americans!

Thanks to all!

Senior Helpers Supporting My Campaign

Jun 06, 2013
by Karen Routt


As most of you know, my professional life has focused on the aging population for over 20 years now. Companies that serve the elderly and their caregivers have supported my campaign in many different manners. Here are the ones that have donated auction items for the Casino Night Gala (this Saturday, if you'd like to come) or other events over the past 10 weeks:

Thanks for your participation and support!

Sharing the Love!

May 16, 2013
by Karen Routt


This note was among the notes I received from friends during this ten-week Man and Woman of the Year Campaign. LLS's research isn't just for discovering new and improving existing blood disease treatments:

"Findings from Leukemia research is often applied to the treatments for medulloblastoma (brain cancer my son had)..."

Friday at Midnight: Cutoff for Online Donations

May 14, 2013
by Karen Routt


Please keep in mind that while the big celebration is on Saturday evening, the ability to donate to support research for blood diseases and assist patients and families dealing with blood diseases ends on Friday, the 17th, at midnight.*

I'm reading a book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." You may have read it, too. I won't go into the details, but it describes how in the 1950's the cancerous cells of an African-American woman were harvested and are still growing in research labs around the world. Apparently, the ability for cancerous cells to survive and reproduce in this matter is just this side of a miracle. This was all without Henrietta or her family having knowledge or being compensated for their use, or outcomes from their use.

Well, as I said, I won't go into the details of this misfortune, but I will say that we know that her immortal cells have been used to improve treatments for leukemia. How do I know this? Because it's on page four of the book! Long live the HeLa cells and the patients who benefit!

Henrietta Lacks

*Actually, it's Saturday morning at 9 am.

We're Going to Party at Mango Caribbean on Thursday!

Jun 06, 2013
by Karen Routt


Mango Caribbean on Thursday, May 16th, 5-7 pm.

Be there or be square!

Happy Mother's Day!

May 14, 2013
by Karen Routt


Paraphrasing from a good friend, Mother's Day is to celebrate if you are a mother, have been in the role of a mother, might one day be a mother or.....had a mother!

Amy Ulibarri is the mother of the MWOY's Boy of the Year, Noah Salsedo.

Noah and Amy

Here is what Mother's Day means to Amy, in her own words:

This Sunday (Mother's Day) it will be fours years (May 2009) since Noah was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We have come a long way since then & we have gone through so much as a family. It will be a day of mixed emotions for me but we will be in Great America at Courageous Kids Day and I can't think of a better way to spend the day.


Despite everything Noah has gone through we really feel blessed. Even being a part of this campaign and getting to know you and the other candidates is inspiring to us. At the end of July Noah will be officially one year off treatment. We are celebrating with new memories instead of focusing on what phase of treatment we are at! Thank you for taking time our of your lives to care enough to as The Leukemia Lymphoma Society says...To help find cures Today.. not someday.. That's the goal! And you are at the Heart of it!

The other mother I want to recognize is the woman I am honoring for my MWOY campaign, Gaynell Walker! Gaynell is busy fighting multiple myeloma back in Atlanta. You may remember that Gaynell is the mother of my campaign's fundraising chair, Kim Walker. (March 7) It sounds to me that Kim is a chip off of the old block, working hard to take on whatever challenge is presented to her! Gaynell continues her treatments and looks forward to getting back into her routine.

Happy Mother's Day to all!

Eye on the Prize

May 13, 2013
by Karen Routt


As much fun as these fundraisers are let's not forget to keep our eye on the prize: a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Mid-Point Party had two doctors speak who conduct research at Stanford University. One was Robert Negrin, M.D., who is quite experienced in the field of immunology; the other researcher had been in the field for a shorter amount of time. They spoke about how they could not have made the progress they have without funding from LLS. You see the National Institutes on Health (a major funder of this type of research) will not fund newbie researchers when they are starting out. That's where LLS's funding comes into play.

I'm so pleased about the support received from groups such as friends (Detroit, Boston, Silicon Valley, Columbus and everywhere else!), family, current and former colleagues (such as CSC Index, Bank One, the City of Cambridge, Magnolia Prime), other volunteer groups (such as Stanford Black Alumni, Cambridge Health Alliance), my schools (my elementary school, Cass Technical High School, University of Michigan, Denison University and Stanford University) my church (First Congregational Church of Palo Alto) and people I have never met!

I'm working toward my goal of $70,000, but I'm not there yet!

On This Rock Donation

May 10, 2013
by Karen Routt


Two of the drawing items for my upcoming events include beautiful jewelry donated by On This Rock! (http://onthisrocknyc.com) My friend, Janet Hill, created and provided these pieces.

Click here for more information about the highly polished brass Decorated Loved Cuff


Click here for more information about the Five Smooth Stones Necklace.

Maybe you still need a Mother's Day, Father's Day or Graduation gift. Check out On This Rock for stunning, inspirational jewelry.

Blue Blanket Improv: Campaign Wrap-up for a Cure!

May 10, 2013
by Karen Routt


Yes, May 18th is the day that we'll know if I can be "crowned" Man and Woman of the Year for Silicon Valley. However, we will still be focused on the cure on Saturday, June 8th!

Please join us for a Campaign Wrap-up at Blue Blanket Improv. (http://www.blueblanketimprov.com) Have you ever seen them? If you like improv, then you must come to this performance! My friend, Steve Ketchpel, who is one the group members, arranged for all of the proceeds to go toward my MWOY campaign!

Blue Blanket Improv performs "short form" improvisational comedy. Our scenes (each about 5 minutes long) begin with a suggestion from the audience. Blending outlandish characters, unexpected plot twists, and constraints from the "rules," the actors will make up, on-the-spot, entertaining scenes based on that audience suggestion. Singing pirates in space? Sesame Street characters breaking into a convent? A slideshow on the hazards of lemonade? Your (family-friendly) wish is our command! Our comedy is appropriate for all ages—bring the kids!

When: Saturday, June 8th

Where: Blue Blanket Improv, Odd Fellows Hall, 526 Main Street, Half Moon Bay

Doors open at 7 pm. Event runs 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm.

Refreshments available for purchase.

WIN: Ticket holders will be entered into a drawing for a deluxe night at the Oceano Hotel and Inn in Half Moon Bay, (http://www.oceanohalfmoonbay.com) The drawing will be held the night of the show.

How: Purchase Tickets by May 16 to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year candidate, Karen Routt. 100% of the proceeds from the entire ticket price will go toward Karen Routt’s campaign, but only if you purchase your tickets before May 16th!

1. Click on “Donate” in the right column and donate $15.00 for each ticket,

2. Identify this as a donation for Blue Blanket Improv in the “Comment” section. Your name will be at the door on the 8th. No tickets will be sent.

Remember: the only way to benefit Karen’s campaign for this performance is to purchase tickets using the directions shown above by May 16th!

School, Church, Yoga and Neighbors

May 10, 2013
by Karen Routt


My friend, Gina, hosted a lovely brunch on Thursday that included friends from her many communities!

The food, company and energy was fantastic! Many thanks to Gina's friend, Karin, who helped to make the brunch a success! A special addition was a perspecitve of a mother, Dawn Billman, whose daughter is a leukemia survior. Dawn gave highlights from her journey with her daughter who is now a competes in synchronized swimming! Dawn emphasized her commitment to support LLS has provided and, as a true testimony to the mission, now works there!


*************Gina and Michelle *******************Nirmala and daughter***********


***************Ali *******************************Gina and Gloria***************

LadyParts Celebration!

May 10, 2013
by Karen Routt


Today is the first birthday of Mae de la Calzada's son, Matteo! They were celebrating when I stopped by today!

Mae is the owner of LadyParts Auto Service. LadyParts is partnering with my campaign this week and making a donation for ALL jobs! (www.ladypartsauto.com)

Plus, there are drawings when your car is serviced there this week! One drawing when your labor expense is $200 or more and another for every customer!

Contact LadyParts to make your appointment! info@ladypartsauto.com or (650) 369-5239

Happy Birthday Matteo!

It will be a while before you see Matteo running LadyParts Auto!

LadyParts Auto Drives for a Cure! May 6-10

May 27, 2013
by Karen Routt


Have you been putting off your auto servicing?

Come to LadyParts Automotive Service (www.ladypartsauto.com), a highly-rated, woman-owned Redwood City business on Monday, 5/6 through Friday, 5/10, to take care of your servicing. They have great Yelp reviews!

Located at 3330 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City. 650.369.5239.

A portion of your labor expense will go toward my Campaign!

To inspire you to make an appointment, there will be two drawings held at the end of the week:

1) For jobs where the labor is greater or equal to $200, the prize is a beautiful gourmet food basket, perfect for Mother’s Day, or any day! (donated by Paula Ucelli)

2) For any job completed this week, the prize is a custom-made necklace made from copper and semi-precious stones (e.g., rose quartz, carnelian and laboradorite) with a stamped brass pendant on an 18" chain. (donated by Jennifer Geballe of JenzJemz)

When you make your reservation, let LadyParts Auto know, “I am here to support Karen!”

Make your reservation (and obtain shuttle info) at info@ladypartsauto.com.

Many thanks to LadyParts Auto's Owner, Mae de la Calzada, for supporting MWOY and LLS!

And the Incintive Winners Are!

May 05, 2013
by Karen Routt


Flemings Gift Card: Marva Nathan

Costco Gift Card: Lorita Myles

Thanks to all who responded to these challenges!

Saturday Morning Incentive: $50 Donation

May 04, 2013
by Karen Routt


Here's another incentive for your Saturday!

The challenge is still UNTIL 5 PM TODAY! A donation of $50 will get you one opportunity for a drawing for a $25 Costco gift card. So, a donation of $150 gets your three opportunities. All to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and going toward my campaign to become the Man and Woman of the Year. That's until TODAY, SATURDAY, AT 5 PM!

Incentive: Cutoff at Noon on Saturday, May 4th

May 03, 2013
by Karen Routt


I am offering an incentive for you to make a donation by noon on Saturday, the 4th!

With each donation of $100 you make to my campaign, you will receive an opportunity to win a $50 gift certificate for Fleming's Steak House.  So, for example, a donation of $300 gets you three opportunities.  This national restaurant group has locations across the country. You can see where they have locations here:  www.flemingssteakhouse.com/locations

Think about those upcoming celebrations such as Mother's Day, Graduation, Father's Day or maybe no reason to go out and enjoy a great meal!

Of course, any amount you feel comfortable making would be appreciated, but only amounts of $100 or more will qualify you for the Fleming's gift card!

Friday's on Wednesday

May 02, 2013
by Karen Routt


Thank you to all who joined us at Friday's last night for "May Day for a Cure." A special thanks to my tennis buddies, who seemed to clean up on the drawings. It was not fixed!

Joann, Linda (holding her "Cupcakes and Cookies" basket),

me (holding the "Play Day" basket that Bev (not pictured) won),

Debbie (holding her Pretty and Prissy" basket) and

Laureen (holding her "Wine Diva on the Go" basket)

A special thanks to Joann, tennis organizer extraordinaire and co-owner of Vine Life in Saratoga. (www.vinelifegifts.com) Laureen is holding the zebra wine cooler that came from Joann's shop! While Joann was not a winner last night she is one in our eyes! Thanks to all of you for helping LLS win the game, set and match last night!

Funny, but Appreciated Donations

May 01, 2013
by Karen Routt


I appreciate donations of any amount as I strive to reach my $70,000 goal by May 18th!

I received two donations today that made me laugh. One was for $18. Hm-m-m-m. Is that how long we have known each other? It was from a Cambridge friend I have not spoken with in, well, years! I have decided that I am supposed to call to find out the significance of this amount. I'll let you know what I find out.

The other of note was from a donor, a long-time family friend from Detroit, who made a point of saying he was sending a tenth of a percent of my goal! That's fine with me, as many tenths make 100%!

Thanks to both of these donors! I appreciate the thought that was put into both!

Wed, May 1st at TGI Friday's in San Mateo

Apr 29, 2013
by Karen Routt


Just a reminder that we're going to rock TGI Friday's this Wednesday, May 1st, May Day, 5:00 - 9:00 pm.

Can't stay for the DJ, drawings and such? Carry outs count toward our total. 15% of the evening's proceeds will go to LLS!

(See the turquoise flier below for more details.)

Consider Registering to Become a Bone Marrow Donor

Apr 28, 2013
by Karen Routt


The other day a friend informed me of her upcoming bone marrow donation. She said, "I am a bone marrow donor & will have surgery on May 28th to support the health of a person in need of a transplant."

As you can see from this video, it's easy to sign up and it can truly save a life with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma and other diseases.

Be the Match: Bone Marrow Donation Success Video (3:00)

For more information about registering with Be the Match, please visit their website:


Boy of the Year Noah Throws the First Pitch

Apr 26, 2013
by Karen Routt


My campaign is in support of the Silicon Valley chapter's Boy of the Year, Noah Salsedo. His mom sent us an update about some of his activities:

"Noah threw out the first pitch at the Sacramento River Cats game on Saturday and The Make A Wish Foundation gave him a great surprise to kick off his Wish Trip to New York. They had former Yankee Player Kevin Maas catch Noah's pitch! He brought Noah a lot of Yankee memorabilia... Hats, Signed Baseball Cards, Baseball and a signed Jersey by ARod ~ Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees.

Noah has been looking forward to this trip for over 4 years. It was something to always look forward to on the difficult days!"

Former Yankee Kevin Maas and Noah

What a day!

I can't wait to hear about Noah's trip to New York!

TGI Fridays in San Mateo: May Day for the Cure!

Jun 03, 2013
by Karen Routt


TGI Fridays General Manager Tim Brown is pulling out all of the stops to ensure a fun-filled evening at the location in San Mateo. It's across from the Hillsdale Mall and adjacent to the Hillsdale CalTrain Station. I have always enjoyed going to Fridays and the service at this location is incredible! Cheesecake Factory is fine, but Fridays is the real thing!

Also, a huge thanks to Cheryl Angeles, CEO of the San Mateo Chamber of Commerce for introducing me to Tiim. (www.sanmateoca.org) Cheryl has invited the entire San Mateo Chamber membership, since TGI Fridays is a member!

Are you coming? Let us know on our Facebook event page. Click here to let us know that, "I'm going to May Day for a Cure and want to let you know!"

ONEHOPE Wine Contributes to the Cause

Apr 30, 2013
by Karen Routt


As most of you know the MWOY campaign will be ending on May 18th.  At that time I hope to reach my fundraising goal of $70,000.  Just to remind you I am raising these funds for LLS in celebration of Gaynell Walker, who is currently battling MML (bone marrow cancer). 

On May 11, 2013, 6:00 -10:00 pm, my good friend and business associate Sheila Lewis will be hosting a fundraiser with ONEHOPE Wine at her home in Oakland’s Jack London Square to help me meet my fundraising goal.  (www.onehopewine.com) Sheila is Co-founder and CEO of Ashton 212, which helps companies secure the best mid- to senior-level interim consultants for on site engagements and remote projects. (www.ashton212.com) Aside from the good company and deliciously paired morsels, guests will also have the opportunity to taste their wines by Robert Mondavi, Jr.  We hope you will join us for some good times for a good cause!


That evening can really boost my fundraising total, as one-third of the $169 (including shipping) cost of a case of wine will go toward my campaign, but only for every ten cases that are sold!  That’s a $560 donation for every ten cases!  This includes the 50% commission donated by my ONEHOPE Wine Specialist, the commission from ONEHOPE Wine designated to go to my campaign, and a donation from the ONEHOPE Wine Company.  


While you may not be able to make the event you can still order a case of ONEHOPE Wine at this reduced price.  

TO ORDER (if you cannot attend):  Get your orders into me before Saturday, May 11, 2013.


HOW:  For more information about the event or to order wine please contact me at keroutt at aol dot com.


Special Incentive for Donations by Monday, the 22nd by 4 pm

Apr 22, 2013
by Karen Routt


Until Monday, April 22nd 4:00PM PST, every $100 raised enters me into a drawing for $150 toward my campaign!!!

My Upcoming Events and Fundraisers

Apr 27, 2013
by Karen Routt


May Day for a Cure:

Wed, May 1st, 5:00-9:00

TGI Fridays (www.facebook.com/events/531033083601509, www.tgifridays.com)

3101 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403

(across from Hillsdale Mall and adjacent to the Hillsdale CalTrain Station)

15% of the evening's proceeds will be contributed to my campaign

LadyParts Automotive Drives for a Cure:

Mon-Fri, May 6th-10th, all day

Lady Parts Automotive Services (www.ladypartsauto.com)

3300 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063

(650) 369-5239

10% of labor expenses for the week will be contributed to my campaign

Campaign Countdown for a Cure:

Thur, May 16th, 5:00-7:00 pm,

Mango Caribbean Restaurant and Bar (www.mangocaribbean.com)

435 Hamilton, Palo Alto, CA 94301

(650) 324-9443

Held in partnership with Siam Orchid. (www.siamorchidpa.com) Siam Orchid is sponsored by Dr. Aaron Vanderhoof, Chiropractor. (www.drvanderhoof.org)

20% of the evening's proceeeds will be contributed to my campaign

Advance Purchase of Tickets for Campaign Wrap-Up for a Cure:

Sat, June 8th, 7:30 pm

Blue Blanket Improv (www.blueblanketimprov.com)

Odd Fellows Hall

526 Main Street

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Thanks to Blue Blanket Improv, 100% of all ticket sales for the June 8th performance will be contributed to my campaign when purchased by clicking here.

All ticket buyers are eligible for drawing of a night of a Deluxe Suite at and donated by Oceano Hotel and Spa in Half Moon Bay (www.oceanohalfmoonbay.com)

All events co-sponsored by Magnolia Prime (www.magnoliaprime.com)

My Thoughts Go Out to My Peeps in Cambridge and Boston

Apr 20, 2013
by Karen Routt


I've been doing some research on the past week's events in my former home of 16 years today. At various times, I lived between 3 blocks and 2 miles of everything that happened in Boston and Cambridge, and would often bike the five miles to Watertown.

I came across this article about Thursday's Interfaith Service. Ok, so the name "Bradley Cooper" did catch my eye. All of this is good, because it turns out that the woman in the photo with him is Lauren Jones. Lauren ran the Boston Marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training and raised $6k. Go Lauren! Team in Training is one of LLS's three signature campaigns.

You can read the article about Bradley and Lauren by clicking here.

My campaign for Man and Woman of the Year is one of LLS's other campaigns. Every dollar I raise translates into a vote, and whoever gets the most votes wins. Hope you can help! LLS really makes a difference for young researchers who don't yet qualify for National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, and for patients and families dealing with the effects of blood cancers.

Thank goodness that the Boston madness is over. Now let's work on a cure for the madness of leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgekin's disease and myeloma.

Jazz and Awareness

Apr 22, 2013
by Karen Routt


Last week a friend, Maria, had a party and was gracious enough to allow me to raise awareness about LLS among her friends. What a night it was! How can the evening be anything but great when the Herbert Mims Quintet is playing?!?!

Maria and Herbert Mims

Another guest at the party, Tavar, was diagnosed with lymphoma ten years ago. Doctors recommended full body radiation and chemotherapy. Through her research she found a diet that she began following, which resulted in her lymphoma going into remission. Amazingly enough, the only time it returns is when she goes off of her diet.

Tavar and Maria

A big thanks to Maria's sisters, parents and kids for bringing a great group of folks together. And thanks to Kim and Heidi for providing event support! Finally, here's a photo of the individuals (all teenagers) who won the three drawings.

Survival Rate for Pediatric ALL Soars

Apr 18, 2013
by Karen Routt


In the past 40 years the survival rate for pediatric Acute Lymphoblasitc Leukemia or ALL, the most common type of leukemia in children under 20 years old, has increased from 4% to nearly 90% all because of those leaders who decided make things happen.

Your support is the answer to these awful diseases.

Cousin Cora

Apr 15, 2013
by Karen Routt


Here is some information about my cousin, Cora. I wonder what her life would be like if she learned in 2013 that she had Hodgkin's disease? I'm sure that the research and efforts of LLS would have made a difference.

When I told my cousin, Paula, about my Man and Woman of the Year nomination, seh reminded me about Cora’s early demise; I barely remember her. Cora was born in 1914, attended Fisk University and Wayne State University’s School of Law. I mention Cora because she died in 1972 of Hodgkin’s disease (or Hodgkin’s Lymphoma), but not before achieving many accomplishments.

She worked for the Detroit Police Department and was later elected to the Michigan State Senate in 1952 and then for a second term. Cora was the first African-American woman serving Michigan State Senate in this way. She was known for fighting for Civil Rights of African-Americans.

After switching to the Republican Party and endorsing Dwight Eisenhower when he ran for President, Cora was appointed by the President as Assistant General Council to the U.S. Postmaster General. He later appointed her to serve as Executive Director of the President’s Committee on Government Contracts.

Pretty remarkable, eh? My campaign is dedicated to women like Cora. Let's see what we can do to help the Coras of today lead long and fulfilling lives. Please help LLS and my campaign by making a donation. Thank you!

Something for the Gamers Out There

Apr 10, 2013
by Karen Routt


The only way I can describe this video is that the treatment is like a video game: the HIV virus is used to infect healthy blood which then kills the cancer.

This treatment was used on a young girl who had no other options. Watch 3.5 minute video to learn more. (http://vimeo.com/54668275)

Working toward the Cure

Apr 08, 2013
by Karen Routt


Have you realized that LLS does not talk about prevention? That's because blood cancers do not generally show up early enough to prevent. We talk about the CURE. LLS has contributed toward research to improve the treatments and continues to work toward the cure.

This blog entry is in memory of friends and family I've learned lost their fight with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgekin's disease or myleoma since I began this campagin:

Cora, Stephanie, Jeeper, Kyle, Chris, Gloria

Is there anyone you would like for me to add?

Any campaign candidate who has raised $10,000 by Wednesday, April 10th, will receive four additional tickets to the Gala on Saturday, May 18th. Donations, sponsorships and purchasing tickets for the Gala count toward this goal, too!

BCFF: Best Canine Friends Forever

Apr 06, 2013
by Karen Routt


How would you like a professional portrait with your best friends? That's what happened on March 16th when Louie, Harvey and Thunder helped raise over $500 at Picture Purr-fect Paws for a Cause! Here they are with their human family members:

Louie (held by Claudia), Brian, Harvey, Sweeling, Thunder and Martin

Fighting for a Cure!

May 06, 2013
by Karen Routt


Here are some reasons YOUR donation is important!

1. LLS is focused on cures. While other large cancer organizations target their mission investment on prevention and early detection, LLS invests in cures because most blood cancers cannot be prevented or detected early.

2. Blood cancers are the #3 cancer killer in North America. Only cancers of the respiratory and digestive systems, including lung and colon cancers, are more deadly.

3. Why does blood cancer research have such a big impact? Studies of “liquid” versus “solid” cancers can be easier and more productive, leading to laboratory and clinical breakthroughs. Blood cancer research produced the first broadly effective chemotherapies and the first successes in molecularly targeted therapies. Almost half of the new cancer drugs approved in the U.S. since 2000 (21/50) were approved to treat one or more blood cancer, and LLS helped advance most of them.

4. Blood cancer research is a gateway to helping many patients. As we learn more about different cancers, we are finding similarities. This means that many drugs developed for patients with a particular blood cancer can help more patients, including patients with other blood cancers, solid tumors and serious non-malignant diseases.

For instance the targeted drug, Gleevec, is approved for patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia, a form of acute lymphocytic leukemia and rare forms of skin and stomach cancers. This drug and newer drugs, Sprycel and Tasigna, are showing promise for patients with breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer, melanoma and other cancers.

Goal Setting

Mar 27, 2013
by Karen Routt


When I agreed to become a candidate for Man and Woman of the Year the LLS staff (or someone) encouraged me to think big. My good friend, Samantha Morrison, is professional fundraiser for global initiatives. When I told her that I had set a $70,000 goal to be raised over the 10 week campaign period that ends May 18th she became very quiet and then said, "why don't you make your public goal $50,000 and your internal goal $70,000?"

That just didn't sit right with me. My goal is $70,000 and I'm sticking with it!

Let's see what we can do for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

Helping Hands

Apr 26, 2013
by Karen Routt


Here is a shot of my mom helping me stuff letters going out to friends and family. (Thanks Mom!) You may have received one of them!

Catherine Routt hard at work!

Another batch of letters made it out of the door thanks to the help of my friend, Jenn Le Blanc.

By the way, the donations you make allow the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to do more than just research. Here are some of the offered patient support services:

- Make a peer support connection (www.lls.org/supportgroups)

- Search for a clinical trial (www.lls.org/clinicaltrials)

- Learn about financial assistance (www.lls.org/finances)

Find out more about these and other services at:

-- 800.955.4572

-- infocenter@lls.org

-- www.lls.org (click on "Live Chat")

Mailing Address for Donations

Mar 18, 2013
by Karen Routt


Several people have asked where they can mail donations. Please put my name in the check's memo section and mail to:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Silicon Valley Chapter

675 N. First Street, Ste. 1100

San Jose, CA 95112

Saturday Thanks!

Mar 18, 2013
by Karen Routt


We were fortunate to have our Girl of the Year Candidate, Stephanie Welker, her mom and grandmother stop by to get a photo with her grandmother's dog, Daisy.

Thanks to Joey, Leo, Tate, Harley, Essie, Thunder, Louie, Harvey, Luna, Cotton, Candy, Daisy and Ruby for making "Picture Purr-fect Paws for a Cause" a smashing success on Saturday!

My two-legged friends who made the day run smoothly were Kim Walker, Jan Snyder, Justine, Jennie Heckman, Debby Martin, Catherine Routt and Judy Powell and her kids Myles and Carley.

And thanks to First Congregational Church of Palo Alto for hosting the event!

Picture Purr-fect Weather on Saturday

Mar 14, 2013
by Karen Routt


We hope to see you at our first fundraiser this Saturday, March 16th:

Picture Purr-fect Paws for a Cause

Have a professional photographer give your pets (and you) true star treatment!

Donate through this website and bring your receipt or on Saturday at the event!

See the details in the blog entry for March 6, entitled "Is there such a thing as a cute snake?" See below.

Raising Awareness

Apr 26, 2013
by Karen Routt


Do you know how you get a new car and all of the sudden notice a bunch of cars on the road just like your new one? Ok, well, I am reading Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. It is a saga (my favorite) that goes on for almost 700 pages. What do I find out on page 243? One of the characters has leukemia!

This campaign is all about awareness. Had I not become a candidate for Woman of the Year that notation would have just slipped by me. Here is some general information about which I’d like to make you aware:

Leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are types of cancer that can affect the bone marrow, the blood cells, the lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system. These cancers are all related since each are likely a result from acquired changes to the DNA of a single stem cell.

An estimated 1,012,533 people in the United States are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or myeloma.

For more information please visit LLS's Facts and Statistics

The Campaign Kicked Off on Thursday, March 7th

Mar 10, 2013
by Karen Routt


Thursday marked the first day of the MWOY campaign! The 12 candidates (evenly divided by men and women) for the Silicon Valley area were joined by their team members and friends, last year’s local winners, and LLS staff for a wonderful kick-off at Left Bank in Menlo Park! Thank you Left Bank! Only TEN more weeks to the end of this fund raising campaign on May 18th!!!

Let me tell you about the Boy and Girl of the Year honorees for our Campaign!

Both of them were in attendance at the kick-off. The women candidates will be supporting Boy of the Year Noah Salsedo, a middle schooler who is as cute as a button! Noah was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in May of 2009. His mother calls it “Our Journey” because she say’s, “Noah’s Battle is my Battle too! He is the Superhero and I am his sidekick.” More on Noah later!

Spunky and energetic Stephanie Welker, our Girl of the Year, will be supported by the Men of the Year candidates. Stephanie's journey began when she was two years old! Her cancer, a rare and intense form of Acute Myloid Leukemia (AML), required immediate treatment, as the mortality rate for this type of cancer is 90%. After receiving a bone marrow treatment (thanks to a match from her brother) at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, a relapse led her to St. Jude's hospital for other options. No other options existed at Packard. Stephanie became the 12th and final child in a study for children with AML. A stem cell transplant followed by eight months at St. Jude's for continued treatment and observation has led to Stephanie to a path of recovery. Stephanie was one of four who had a successful transplant and celebrated her tenth birthday last month!

"Living When I'm Alive"

Mar 07, 2013
by Karen Routt


The full quotation is, "I'm going to make sure I live when I'm alive."

Gaynell Walker, my MWOY honoree and mother of my Fundraising Chair, Kimberlli Walker, is responsible for this statement. Gaynell is currently battling multiple myeloma and going through her fourth round of chemotherapy. At 78 years young, Gaynell now substitutes her walking with swimming! She’s busy staying busy!

Her daughter Kim was a supporter of LLS before Gaynell’s diagnosis in August 2012. In fact, Kim suggested that her mom’s ailments, which began in summer the previous year might be leukemia. You see Kim is well informed about leukemia and lymphoma: she works for LLS’s Silicon Valley chapter and her dad succumbed to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1996 at the age of 65. Kim describes her mom’s battle in the November 16, 2012 blog entry appearing in her LLS Team in Training entitled “Honor Thy Mother.”


Son Billy, Daughter Kim, Gaynell, Daughter Karla, Granddaughter Tayla

(not in photo: Son Gregg)

I would certainly understand if you decided to support Kim after reading her piece. In any event, I hope you will support one of us in tackling this uphill battle. Please make a donation to help the Gaynell’s of the world successfully complete their journeys with leukemia, lymphoma and the other dreaded diseases LLS fights!

I’ll have more on Gaynell’s journey throughout the Campaign.

Is There Such a Thing as a Cute Snake?

Mar 06, 2013
by Karen Routt

Is it possible that a snake can sit still long enough for a family photo? Well, round up your snake or other no-legged, two-legged or four-legged creatures and join us for:

Picture Purr-fect Paws for a Cause

Bring your pets with paws, wings and other things and get a family photo taken by professional photographer Jan Snyder of JP Images (www.jpimages.biz).

Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ 1985 Louis Street, Palo Alto, CA 94303

When: Saturday March 16, 2013

Time: 11:00AM- 2:00PM


$25 Single 8x10 photo

$40 Single 8x10 photo and picture mug

$100 Single 8x10 photo, picture mug and access to digital image

This package is valued at $400. Access to private picture gallery for purchase of additional items available at wholesale prices.

Pettilad and Karen

Karen and Piper

The site is down the street from Stanford University, a site that conducts research with funds it receives from LLS! Check out this news item about the Emerging Therapies & Survivorship Conference held this past February.


Your dollars go toward further increasing the number of survivors who will attend future conferences!

Only 3 More Days!

Mar 05, 2013
by Karen Routt

I'm getting ready to start my campaign for MWOY for 2013. I hope you will support me in these efforts! Several people have asked me why I decided to support LLS in this manner. My first response was that someone asked me. I've supported LLS in the past and know the good work they do! I have family and good friends who have been affected. The more I discuss with those I know and those I meet I KNOW this is a great cause to support!

I will get a 1-to-1 match for donations made on Thursday, the first day of the campaign, up to $1,000. I can double your donation!

Please come back on Thursday to help me start my campaign with a bang!

Here is my official MWOY photo. How do I look?

Welcome to my MWOY Fundraising Page

Mar 05, 2013

Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign. Every dollar I raise counts as one vote and the candidate who gets the most votes /raises the most money is named the Man or Woman of the Year.

Thanks to your support, my efforts, will help fund the therapies and treatments and help save lives today.

LLS's continued advancements over the years, are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling; in some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled.

And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They're even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded drugs like Gleevec, Sprycel, Arinza, Tasigna and Zolinza are now being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.

We really are changing the face of blood cancer!

All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.

Please visit my Web site often and bring friends who would also like to donate!

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere I thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org

We are sorry donations are no longer being accepted for this participant for this event.

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