We walked for hope and a future without cancer

Monday!  It’s one day of the week most people dread.  I woke up this morning feeling a bit of the winter blue.  Then I got a phone call from the man I love most in my life: papa. “I wanted to call to wake you up for work and to see how the walk was last night.”  “Ha ha,” I giggled thinking back to the quote I saw somewhere “Ain’t no bad joke like a dad’s joke.”

“It was wonderful” I started to tell him.  “There were hundreds of people with different color lanterns.  The red ones we had were for families.  The white ones were for survivors, so K (one of the family’s dearest friends) had one.  The yellow ones were for in memories of.”  I continued to tell papa who were there from the family, what we did, etc.

“Love you papa,” I said.  “Love you too,” he responded, and my day turned into a bright and sunny winter day.

It is so easy for us to forget the power of LOVE and FAMILY.  In our crazy, modern lives we forget to stop and be thankful for the people we have in our lives.  Last night, we walked with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of MN and hundreds of others.  This one night we celebrated lives, and we remember the heroes we lost because of blood cancer and lymphoma.  I walked to celebrate my adopted brother’s triumph over lymphoma, to support a family’s friend who’s fighting Leukemia, and to remember my aunt who passed away from the same cancer.  Beside me, in front of me and surround me were the people I love, the people who love me, and strangers who love and are loved.  Blood cancer is a terrible monster.  However, I strongly believe that LOVE and HOPE dominate!

Last night, we raised our lanterns for LOVE, for HOPE, and for a FUTURE with no cancer. Today, I’m writing this memory down to remind me and all of us that in the midst of life, we are still surrounded by HEROES, by LOVE and by HOPE.

Last year I ran for the 2017 woman of the year for LLS to fund raise and fuel HOPE.  This year, I’ll be guiding the amazing 2018 candidates with their fundraising coming up in March.  I am humbled and thrilled to meet these incredible candidates who are coming together to fight blood cancer.  This is what human race is about, this is what we are about.  This is what makes Mondays so amazing!



From East to West #UnitedWeCure

Ten weeks ago I embarked on this journey to fund raise for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society.  From the beginning, the campaign was about celebrating heroes: my aunt who must be partying up in heaven now with the result of our campaign, my brother Mike who fought bravely against Burkitt Lymphoma and won.  Because of heroes like them, we fight for a world without cancer. Ten weeks and an army of fighters later, we have raised $34,799 together.

Standing there at the gala event I was humbled by the people I loved who showed up to support the campaign.  The names of financial supporters that appeared on my campaign page reminded me how blessed I am.  During our campaign, more than 12 different restaurants united together for a 7-day journey to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for blood cancer.  More than 600 people were at the gala event bidding on our silent  and live auction items that were donated to our campaign.

There are no words that I can use to express how grateful I am to have friends who pushed me when I was discouraged, to have a church family who spend endless hours praying for me, to have families from both ends of the world to love and inspire me, to have colleagues and mentors from my company who said yes to this cause and believed in me.

So, cheers to a successful campaign. Cheers to the heroes who inspired this campaign. Let us celebrate the power of unity that brought us all together regardless of our race, our age, our immigration status in this country, our income level, or our genders.  #UnitedWeCure


7 Days Journey to find the cure is on its way

Have a drink at these local restaurants and support a great cause from May 1st- May 7th. $1 of every featured drink will go to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter JC’s Bar & Grill JC’s Sports Bar Constantine Mpls Victor’s on Water Frankies Chicago Style Eat Street Social Hola Arepa Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar Mercado by Earl Giles Poor Richard’s Commonhouse The Rabbit Hole Red Rabbit Red Cow 50th Street Red Cow St Paul

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Unite for LLS kickoff party a success! Now let’s go on a 7-day journey to find the cure (05/01-05/07)

Great turn out yesterday!!! Thank you so much Chad Moreau and Katy Dimick for being such a great partner in making this event possible and successful. A great thank you to Jeff Erkkila and James Dolan for hosting and donating your amazingly delicious drinks and tacos. Thank you all the bartenders that made it yesterday to help out with the punch and for Tattersall Distilling and Jeff Rogers for your donation. In just more than 2 hours we fundraised over $500 to send directly to the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter for the Man & Woman of the Year – Minnesota Chapter. #unitedwecure. So excited for the 7 days journey ahead of us from May 1-7th! See you all there supporting a great cause and our local businesses.

My “why”

May 20th, the last day of this fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), is approaching.  We are hosting a happy hour for LLS this Sunday at Mercado by Earl Giles with bartender’s featured specialty punch.  From May 1st – May 7th, local restaurants in the Twin Cities are uniting by providing a feature drink on their menu, with proceeds to be donated.  I still need to follow up with a great deal of contacts in order to gather more financial support for the campaign.  My phone is lighting up with work emails late into the night.  The washer’s spin cycle stopped working leaving my entire laundry load soaked in water.  Minneapolis is raining, and my cat just knocked all of her water all over the floor this afternoon.  Life moves so fast, and most of the time it seems like I am hanging on by a thread.

Why do I this?  Why do we do this?  What is it about this campaign that moves us to overcome our fear of rejection, to block out shyness when asking for money, and to open our heart and give?

14 years ago my aunt promised me that she would come to the U.S. and look after me when I come to the U.S.A.  Leukemia took her away.  Her promise was never fulfilled. That was the first time that I heard of this disease, and it took the one I loved.  Recently, 6 year old Sophia, a LLS Honored Heroes earned her angel wings after a 1 year battle with leukemia.  Yesterday, a friend told me how she’d also lost a friend to leukemia.  These stories are tragic, but I’m not telling them to sadden us all.  Instead, they should ignite in us a fire to fight back.  These people we love and lost have fought with everything they had, and that strength should power us to do more.  We need them to know that in the midst of the craziness of our daily life, the unexpected events of this world, they are not forgotten.  We have a purpose, we have a mission, a united mission: to bring hope in blood cancer treatment, to protect and provide for current patients and their families.

So, stand with me as we fight this battle along with my aunt, with Sophia and with many other heroes.  Help me spread the words and fund raise for this campaign.  #UnitedWeCure #JointheRevolution.

I’ll leave you with this quote: “I wondered why somebody didn’t do something more. Then, I realized I was that somebody.”




Unite for LLS kickoff event this Sunday 4/30 at Mercado by Earl Giles

Can’t wait to see you there supporting such a great cause. There will be punches from our favorite bartenders Katy Dimick Chad Moreau and more! $5 per ticket/ drink. There will also be bag toss games sponsored by Diageo to win featured drinks from Mercado by Earl Giles. All the $ to go The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter. Bring CASH if you can, there will be stations for credit cards too.

Facebook event site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1648446551849002/?active_tab=discussion

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“United for LLS” Kickoff Happy Hour @ Mercado by Earl Giles

Mercado by Earl Giles has been a tremendous partner in this fundraising effort for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  In partnership with the United States Bartender Guild, MN chapter, Katy Dimik and Chad Moreau, I’m so excited to tell you about the upcoming “Unite for LLS” kickoff party on  April 30th from 2pm – 5pm at Mercado 2900 Lyndale Ave in Minneapolis.

We will have donated beer, punch, and food from Mercado, Diageo, Southern Wine and Spirits, and Excelsior Brewing.  All proceeds will go to the LLS fundraiser.

This happy hour will kick off our “7 Day Journey to find the cure” fundraising initiative to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) between May 1st – May 7th.

  • During this “7 Day Journey to find the cure” there will be local restaurants that would offer 1-3 featured cocktails on their menus.  $1 from the sale of each cocktail will be donated to LLS.

Let’s have a blast, raise our glasses to the local restaurants (more details to come) who support such an amazing cause and cure cancer!  #UnitedWeCure #Jointherevolution

For more information about my fundraising campaign for LLS and to donate, please visit the campaign site: UnitedWeCure.wordpress.com.