Welcome to Elika Almeida's MWOY Fundraising Page!

Welcome to Elika Almeida's MWOY Fundraising Page!

Mar 24, 2019

Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign for Man & Woman of the Year.

After several grueling days of swinging back-and-forth between dread and hope, the bone marrow biopsy results came in on March 31, 2016. My sister Fatima called from Florida where she and my parents live and said she was going to figure out how to add my brother Carlos to the call. Once we were all on the line, my sister tried to steady her voice: “Dad. Cancer. CMML. It’s a type of leukemia…” My sister was on the frontlines, attempting to translate English medical jargon into Portuguese that my dad and mom could grasp, so they could begin to understand what had just detonated in our lives. As this new reality sunk in over the coming weeks, we learned that my dad, João Carlos Queirós, at 65 was the exact median age for this rare CMML diagnosis. Dad has cancer, I found myself repeating throughout my busy days, as if each repetition would help this new reality settle in. We learned of elevated monocytes, survival rates, and—the hardest thing to accept—that the standard protocol in our specific situation was to “watch and wait.”

 

Now, more than two years later, my father’s condition is still thankfully stable, but I can’t just watch and wait. I’ve made it my life mission to do whatever it takes to work towards a cure for blood cancers—not just for Dad, but for so many others who I’ve met and who I may never meet and yet we share this all too common experience.

 

In April of 2017, I ran my first half marathon through Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training and raised over $2,000 with the help of my friend and coach, Dr. Kim Yarnall. Towards the end of 2017, I officially became part of Team Kim 2018. Kim was nominated—and ultimately won— the 2018 LLS Woman of the Year distinction. During the 10-week campaign, I had the privilege of meeting Schyler Herman, a brave 15-year-old student from Pleasant Valley High School who was diagnosed with leukemia on Kim’s birthday, October 2, 2017. Schyler was Team Kim’s 2018 Honored Hero during the campaign. I would come to learn that Schyler and I share the same birthday of March 20th (sometimes the universe winks to let us know we are on the right path). The connections I formed and the sense of purpose I found through the LLS MWOY campaign and the Herman family is one of the main reasons I decided to accept the nomination for LLS Woman of the Year made by my friends on Team Kim.

 

I’m proud to be a candidate and dedicated to bringing all of my work and volunteer experience to bear on raising as much as possible for cancer research (our goal is to fund at least three research grants). I believe my personal connection to this mission, work experience, and philanthropic background will serve me well in this pursuit. I currently hold a challenging and rewarding position as the Waterpark Group Sales Manager at nearby Kalahari Resorts. Prior to joining Kalahari, I studied business management in college and worked in the medical field for seven years before starting my own event planning business (where speaking three languages—English, Portuguese, and Spanish—came in handy). With my loving family, I live in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania where I’ve always given back to the community, whether through working at the United Way of Monroe County or as a co-founder in 2009 of Youth Infusion, Inc., a non-profit organization empowering young people to impact their communities and the world through service-learning.

 

With the help and generosity of others, I’m dedicated to bringing us one step closer to beating cancer.  For you, Dad.  For everyone affected by this disease.  I’m just getting started.

 

Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients, but are also now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and are in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. And LLS funded drugs like targeted therapies and immunotherapies are now saving thousands of lives every day.

We really are getting close to our goal of a world without blood cancers! All donations are greatly appreciated and 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 website often and tell friends who would also like to donate!

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

 

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