I’m walking because I feel commissioned to inspire other cancer survivors like me to keep their own sense of hope with them. That things can, and will, get better eventually and that they are never alone. The Leukemia Research Foundation brought me out a place where, as an independent young adult, I might not have survived on my own. Because of this amazing organization I was able to keep my insurance, and receive my stem cell transplant that I desperately needed. They helped me redeem the most precious part of me, my humanity, and is a huge part of why I am here today. I can’t thank them enough for their support.
My name is Tashika & I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2013. I’ve always considered myself to be a fairly stable person, but my new found identity as a cancer patient immediately interrupted my steadiness and my life turned upside down.
My journey was pretty tumultuous, but I was blessed with a few angels who helped me survive the storms. Special thanks to Kim (a beautiful soul) & Alan and everyone who supported me during treatment.