Welcome to Alanna Whitehill's MWOY Fundraising Page!

Welcome to Alanna Whitehill's MWOY Fundraising Page!

Mar 22, 2019

 

The picture above is my friend Jenna and I on the day she married me and my husband! I have been friends with Jenna and her husband for over 20 years. Jenna's and her families lives were turned upside down when her husband was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblasitc Leukemia. Below, you will hear her tell her story how Willie faught what seemed like a losing battle. Thankfully Willie is now CANCER FREE and that was made possible because of the advances in cord blood research funded by LLS! When Jenna asked if people wanted to join her team for the Man and Women of the Year Campaign, I didn't even hesitate as I want to do everything I can to help her and everyone who suffers from this terrible disease. Please take just a moment to read Jenna's story and  how you can help us with the LLS Man and Woman of the Year Campaign and join us in this fight.

 

Dear family and friends,

 

I come before you honored and humbled to have been nominated to run as a candidate in the “Man & Woman of the Year” LLS fundraising campaign for 2019. I have accepted this nomination because of a personal passion to see blood cancers eradicated from this earth. Just like many of you, I had watched blood cancers from afar wreak havoc in the lives of people I knew, but one day in 2015, I gained a front row seat.

My life was changed and my heart broken on August 7, 2015 when my husband William (Willie), just shy of 31 years old, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Some of the heart breaks I experienced throughout Willie’s Leukemia battle are the fuel behind my campaign. I pray no parent, spouse, sibling, or child ever has to experience the many heart aches of having a loved one with a blood cancer brings. The worry that comes with every blood transfusion to replace the healthy cells the chemo destroys. The daily pain of watching an independent person become completely dependent on someone else to care for them. The immeasurable feeling of hopelessness when hearing the words “relapse”, “bone marrow transplant”, or “chemo resistant chromosome.” The heartache of having to travel to receive treatment many hours from home for months on end--separating a family for not only daily life, but holidays, birthdays, and all special occasions. The despair that comes with hearing a medical professional relay the message that a loved one “is alive, but his heart stopped,” due to side effects from the chemo. The overwhelming grief young children experience while dealing with the fear of losing their sick parent. These agonizing situations are my story, but praise God it doesn’t end there! 

After Willie endured the long process of a cord-blood transplant, my heart was mended, yet never the same. We have heard the words, “CANCER FREE” for two years now, and while my heart rejoices at the sweet sound, it also breaks for the many people whose situations do not end with those priceless words. All of this and more is what drives my passion to support LLS. I truly believe in my heart that Willie is alive today because of the grace of God and the $1.2 billion that LLS has invested in blood cancer research. Research that possibly led to the cord-blood transplant, which delivered his cure and gave us our life back. In 2018 alone, LLS helped advance 19 of the 21 blood cancer therapies approved by the FDA, which are also being used to treat all types of cancer. Without the funding for this research, it is possible that my husband wouldn’t have survived his battle with leukemia. 

That is why I am running and why I fight. I am fighting for people like my own personal Leukemia Warrior and Hero--my husband. I am fighting for the victories being won, the battles being lost, and for more patients and families to hear those beloved words, “CANCER FREE!” Will YOU join me in this fight against blood cancer? My team “The WILL to Win” and I have set a huge goal of $40,000+ and we are asking you to partner with us by donating to our campaign. You can be confident that 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go directly to research and supporting blood cancer patients and their families. Every dollar given brings us closer to our goal and closer to a world without blood cancer!

Thank you for your support and consideration,

Jenna Whitehead

#theWILLtowin

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  • Chelsea Aichele
  • Todd Whitehill
  • Callie Weitzel
  • Gina Boswell
  • Linda Alley