How would you feel if you were told that your mother, your sister, your wife, your daughter, or your best girlfriend had 10 years left to live? And over the course of those 10 years, you would watch the life literally be sucked out of her as she would endure a debilitating battle to simply…. breathe.
That’s what I was told in 2011, that I would watch my 34 year old sister die a long, slow, cruel death.
We were shocked and heartbroken. Would she even see her oldest daughter graduate from high school? What would her quality of life look like? Even then she was already struggling to climb a flight of stairs and walk beside her daughter as she learned to ride a bike.
That was before we heard about the LAM Foundation. Even as we were hearing this devastating diagnosis, the LAM Foundation was finishing its funding of clinical trials on the first!! drug proven to slow the progression of LAM cells in some patients.
When we attended LAMposium (sponsored by the LAM Foundation) two months after Becky’s diagnosis, we were given a Breath of Hope. We learned about this exciting drug, connected with other LAM patients and families, and dialogued with world renowned doctors and scientists who believe they are on the verge of major scientific breakthroughs, not only for LAM, but also for cancer and other diseases of the lungs.
But those doctors and scientists need funding provided by the LAM Foundation to continue their research. And the LAM Foundation needs funding provided by… people like you and me.
HOWEVER, this time, I’m not asking you to reach for your wallet. My sister is a finalist in a national essay contest, Do More Than You Think, where she wrote about the LAM Foundation, and we can simply vote the LAM Foundation to the prize of $100,000.
Go to the link below and click on “The LAM Foundation” entry by Rebecca N. of PA. The foundation/essay with the most votes on March 14, 2014 will be awarded $100,000. You can vote once a day, EVERY DAY until the end of the contest. Please use one minute of your day to give women around the world like my sister a Breath of Hope.
(The first time you vote, you will receive an email to confirm you’re not a robot. Please confirm by clicking the link in the email – or your vote will not count! You may need to check your spam folder for this confirmation email… I had to. In subsequent days, you’ll just need to enter your email address when you vote.)