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May 21, 2004 DAY #206
Here are some details on Light the Night Walk participation:
The Light the Night Walk will be held on October 2, 2004 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Registration starts at 4pm and the walk starts at 6pm. The walk is a 2 mile walk, done at a leisurely pace. Everyone who pre-registers will carry a balloon containing a flickering light. Cancer survivors carry a white balloon, while other team members carry red balloons. In addition to the walk, there will be fun, food and entertainment for everyone.
My team is called Team Mzima. Mzima is the Swahili word for “alive”. Mzima Springs, in Kenya is a beautiful oasis in the desert where 50 million gallons of crystal clear water gushes from the ground each day. The springs provide water to the city of Mombasa, Kenya, and are home to hippos, crocodiles, many fish, birds, other wildlife, and plants. For me it is a symbol of our fight against cancer, so it seemed an appropriate name for my team. Team members will raise funds and participate in team events prior to the Walk. We will also walk together in memory of my friend John, and honoring our Leukemia survivor, me! Anyone who wants to help by raising funds and walking with the team is welcome.
The team motto is Enriched by Love, Indebted by Gratitude. This motto reflects my feelings about the past year. My life has been touched by hundreds of health care workers, well wishers, and family members. I truly have been enriched by their love and dedication. I am indebted to all. This is a debt I can never truly repay, but I wish to do what I can to help those in the same situation I found myself in at the end of June, 2003.
We are designing team T-Shirts, which we will sell to team members, and anyone else who wants one. The shirts will have the Light the Night logo on them, along with the team name and the motto. I am thinking right now that the shirts will be a combination of forest green and white. If anyone knows a good place to get high quality shirts made up at reasonable prices, please send me an email. Any profit from sales of the shirts will be part of the team donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I will send more information on shirts once the details are known.
To register for Team Mzima, you must be walking in the San Diego area. You can call or call (877) LTN-WALK or go to http://register.lightthenight.org/LTNRegister/register.jsp. Put in your zip code or the state of California and press enter. Select the San Diego walk in Del Mar. On the next screen, enter your personal information as requested. Press “continue”. On this screen, you can either select Team Mzima from the team list, or Ted Wilcox from the Captain list. Fill out the three items at the bottom of this screen and “continue” again. On the last screen, verify your information and submit your application. You can sign up for walks across the country at the phone number and URL listed above.
If you would like to support me or my team, please send a check or money order to:
4950 Monongahela Street
San Diego, CA 92117
Enclose the following form with the check made payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:
City State Zip
My Donation: __$150 __$100 __$75 __$50 __Other $____
(Please make checks payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)
For more information on the internet you can visit www.leukemia.com, www.lightthenight.org, and www.marrow.org.
Thanks so much for helping and spreading the word! This is the last in the series. I will send out an update Wednesday after my doctor appointment!
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