#WhyIamRunning Lisa W. of Team Woz is walking in memory of her friend Keith and as a SURVIVOR too!

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Share your story on why you are running or walking in the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk. arleen@lrfmail.org

“When I was diagnosed with my leukemia in 2013, I met so many people dealing with different blood cancers. Keith Johns was one of them. We shared the same doctor and were both diagnosed at the same time. He needed a transplant, so his treatment was slightly different than mine, but we always shared our war stories and prayed for each other. However, Keith did not make it. He developed pneumonia after his transplant and did not recover. It is unacceptable for me to see another person die from leukemia or lymphoma. period.

I am here, and I am in remission.

Sometimes I feel guilty, but other times I know I am here with a mission: I fight for those who didn’t make it…those family members who should have not lost someone to leukemia, like Keith’s wife. I fight for those who haven’t been diagnosed yet, and those families, as well. I will always run and walk in memory of Keith at the Gibbons 5k.

The Leukemia Research Foundation helped me when I needed it most, during my treatment. They fund research to find cures. They help patients with medical costs (cancer ain’t cheap!), and they try to keep us informed and give patients opportunities to be educated about their disease and possible treatments. Its awesome what they do, and I can’t thank them enough for how they helped me.”