Bricks for the Brave!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

No Ice Bucket Required!

Did you know that even though blood cancers have not gone “famously -pink” they have paved the way for better therapies for many types of cancer?

Did you know that collectively, blood cancers account for approximately 10% of all cancer deaths making the them second most common cause of cancer death; lung cancer being number one?

Did you know that more than one million adults, living in the US, are living with a blood cancer? And that leukemia and lymphoma account for nearly half of all childhood cancers?

And that approximately every three minutes one person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer and approximately every ten minutes in the United States a person dies from a blood cancer.

The good news is that they are making great strides in the treatment of Leukemia and Lymphoma, which is also leading to breakthroughs in other cancers.

Since September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month, it is a perfect time to donate whatever you can to the continued research of blood cancers. No amount is to small and you do not even have to dump a bucket of ice water on your head!

Just think, if 100 people donated $5 (the price of one cup of Starbuck’s) one time, that would be $500 towards cancer research. If those same 100 people donated a $5, once a week, for the month of September, that would be a crazy number of ($20x100) of $2,000!! And imagine if those people “challenged” their friends to do the same!

I know it doesn’t seem like much, but honestly, every penny helps! I know that every time I donate to a good cause, it makes me feel good! And if you or a loved one is ever diagnosed with cancer, it will make you feel even better!

So please consider donating today! We are 37% of the way towards our $500 Light the Night Walk Goal. I would love to double that considering I have almost 2000 “friends” on face book, it should be a breeze!

I don’t beg often, but September is an exceptional month; it is Blood Cancer Awareness month, and I am alive because of people that have donated in the past!

Thanks in advance for however much you can spare, and are willing to donate to our Light the Night Walk Fund.

If you live in Boise, and would like to join us in our efforts, or just on the walk, please come out and take the steps that are needed to cure cancer! It will be at Ann Morrison Park, at 5 o’clock, in Boise.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month: Light the Night Walk!

I have been living with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, a cancer of the blood, for the past three years and seven months. It is a journey that has led me down many paths with the most apparent and difficult path being my treatment, which is ongoing and comes with a plethora of complications which create a never ending roller coaster ride. Another path that I have traveled is the birth of my blog. My blog began as a way to educate myself and to keep my friends and family updated as to my condition and progress; it has morphed into a blog that is read worldwide, with nearly two million page views. Who knew? I never would have thought of myself as inspirational! Lol

Living with CML has also led me down a path that has allowed me the opportunity to meet many others living with the same chronic cancer; this is a blessing and a curse. The blessing part of this opportunity is the friendships that I have made near and far; when you live with a chronic cancer, with no “visible” signs of illness, most people can never grasp what living with a chronic cancer is like; knowing others with the same disease allows us to relate to each other in a manner that no one else would understand. The curse part of this path is the blatant fact that people die; people that you have gotten to know and share a very raw bond with; die. It is a painstaking reality that none of us, ever get used to.

This leads me to my favorite path; the path of helping others; since September is National Blood Cancer Awareness Month, I have collected Lego's for ill children at St. Luke’s Hospital, in Boise, for the past two years. It is my way of giving back to the small warriors that are battling this, and other diseases. Brick's 4 the Brave: Put a Smile on a Child's Face!

This year, Joe and I have also decided to walk in the Light the Night Walk, for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s yearly fundraiser. I have never participated in a fundraiser, other than the Lego’s in my life, so I am not really sure how to go about it, so I am throwing it out there; no donation is too small. I would love to be able to raise $500 to help find a cure, not only for me and my friends, but for anyone that currently has, or will someday be diagnosed with a blood cancer.

Also, if you live in Boise, and you would like, you can join us on our walk and join our team. The walk is on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Ann Morrison Park. I will hopefully have more details than this, soon.

So, if you are so inclined, please visit my Light the Night Walk Team Page and donate and join our team; Dancing My Way Through Leukemia! Joe and I will be walking for me and my friend from Australia, Cheryl Hay who is reaching the end of her journey.

Lego’s can either be brought to a local dance, or mailed directly to me; Amazon is super easy, just be sure to add your name to the gift card, so that I can give you a great big thanks!

Michele Tschirhart
83 Falcon Dr
Boise, Idaho 83716

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bricks 4 the Brave: Put a Smile on a Child's Face!

As many of you already know, I was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) on February 9, 2011. It has been a three and a half years and life has been full of twists and turns, ups and downs, goods and bads! I have been diligently following my oncologist’s treatment plan and am making progress. It isn't always easy, but somehow I make it all work!

Living with Leukemia has definitely encouraged me to look at life a little differently; I feel more blessed each and every day and understand that every day is a gift. It does not take much to brighten the day of another person; sometimes it only takes a smile or a touch.

Since September is National Leukemia Awareness month, I thought it was the perfect time to put a smile on the face of a child, that is suffering from Leukemia. Bricks 4 the Brave is an organization that is based purely on volunteer participation. The hospital that will be receiving the Legos is St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, in Boise, Idaho.

Please help me to honor and humor these brave little warriors with a set of Legos. Legos will help them pass the many hours of isolation that they often spend in treatment. Many of the children that are diagnosed with Leukemia will undergo a bone marrow transplant which is a lengthy process that leaves them often alone, with no distraction; Lego's will help! The “cure” rate of children with leukemia is generally higher than it is for adults; Thank God. But ask any child that has leukemia and they will be certain to tell you that their treatment  is no “walk in the park”!

You may enjoy becoming “fan” of “The Leukemia Slayer”; Jacob. Jacob is an inspiration to any and all that have managed to find a way into his world. He has battled Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) since December 2, 2010 and recently reached the end of his treatment. (March of 2014.) Of course, he is still dealing issues from his treatment: but continues to help so many others.  Please stop by and become a fan; you will be glad that you did!

Anyway, back to Legos for Leukemia; there are three easy was you can join me.
         1.       Purchase a set of Legos and either drop it off, or mail it to me.       
         2.       Purchase a gift card from either Walmart or Target and mail it to me; I will shop for you!
         3.       Shop at Amazon and have your choice sent directly to me; many of the Lego sets offer Prime Shipping    at no charge. I put a few suggestions here: Legos for Leukemia

As you can see, shopping online would probably be the easiest way for you to join my Legos for Leukemia drive. The kids and I appreciate all of you donations!

Thank you, in advance: 
Please send Legos to:
Michele Tschirhart
83 Falcon Dr
Boise, Idaho 83716