Welcome to Jen Stareck's MWOY Fundraising Page!

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Mar 12, 2019

I met Jenna when we first transferred to Circle Greenwich Elementary. We became instant friends with a love for helping others, education, children and the list could really go on and on... When I heard her story about her husband, I was amazed. This woman is a trooper and you would never know that battle she has been a part of just by looking at her. She is more than happy to share her story but she did not let her story be her only narrative. I was thrilled to be a part of her campaign for MWOY after knowing her for the last 2 years and her compassion for LLS. I hope you will consider donating to this cause. 

Here is an introduction of Jenna!

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

Welcome to Jen Stareck's MWOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 25, 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.

I have joined a team that is driven to find cures for blood cancer. Our team is working to raise as much as possible over the next 10 weeks. Every dollar we raise counts as one vote for my team's candidate. The candidate whose team tallies the most votes earns the prestigious title of "Man or Woman of the Year". 

 

As you know, though, everyone wins when cancer loses. Thanks to your support, my efforts will help fund therapies and treatments that are saving lives. Over the years, support from people like you has been responsible for the blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers.

 

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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