On January 24th, I was officially diagnosed with
Leukemia. We had our suspicions a few days earlier given the poor blood results.
The news, as you can imagine is still settling in. I have decided to keep this
journal to allow me to keep some focus on other things besides dwelling on the
Whys and Hows. Things have and continue to travel 100 mph.
So enjoy the read. Please register with the site. It is great to see all the folks keeping up with me and allows you to be notified when I put up new material. Also, by registering, you can leave comments on my postings which I enjoy reading.
IMPORTANT. If you want to read my journal since I was diagnosed, go to the archive section on the left, click on January and scroll down to the bottom and read by date.
Fri Aug 27, 2004
I've been quiet for a while ... wanted to wait until I felt the need to post an entry again. The kind folks at pMachine informed me that the blog still gets about 30 unique hits a day. This was empowering and moving information. Please read the following letter -- I sent this out to all the folks for which we had street addresses, but I wanted to share with the online crowd. I hope to start posting information about the Galloway family more often. There is a lot going on and most of it is good.
712 Rockaway Beach Ave
Baltimore, MD 21221
In an effort to put my superpowers to good use and to help others like Gary, I have chosen to participate in some fundraising activities for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. And I need your help.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, through the pioneering spirit of the Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, established The Leukemia Cup Regatta in 1993 as a fundraising effort to support research for blood related cancers. The sailing race raised $30,000 in its inaugural year. In 2003, the sailing community raised more than $2.6 million at 45 Regattas, bringing the overall campaign results to more than $12 million. More than 17,000 participants took part in the series last year.
I was excited to learn a few months ago that Baltimore would be hosting its first Leukemia Cup Regatta this year on September 17th and I wanted to get involved. I kept thinking Gary would LOVE having a boat sailing the Chesapeake and raising funds for Leukemia! I could picture a spinnaker with a huge Halloween theme blazoned across it and maybe a fog machine strapped to the bow… but I had to come back to reality. I didn’t own a sailboat. Right.
So the story goes that I sent out an email to the president of RDA, Gary’s former employer, to see if he would be interested in helping to financially support a “phantom boat” in the race – we could compete in the fundraising side of the regatta, without physically entering a boat in the race. Don forwarded my email out to the entire company to see if anyone would want to get involved in this fundraising activity. Within 18 hours I had received three separate emails offering to secure us an ACTUAL boat to enter into the Regatta! Apparently several of the guys at RDA crew a racing boat housed in the Chesapeake, and they wanted to make this a reality in memory of Gary. So now the dust has settled and Team Galloway has a 33’ Viking ready to set sail on September 17th. The guys have been kind enough to let me help crew during the race and we have every intention of wiping up the Bay with the other entrants. Us Galloways are nothing if not competitive.
The race is just the by-product of this event. The actual goal here is to raise funds to continue to support the work of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Gleevec, a drug developed largely through funding from the Society, was an integral part of Gary’s therapy and helped keep his immune system suppressed while we waited for the bone marrow transplant to begin its work. The Society also helped us with direct financial support, to cover the travel and parking expenses for the months we spent at Hopkins, while Gary was under treatment.
So many of you have done so much already. I never fully realized how blessed we were until Gary and I underwent this unexpected journey. But if you wish to help again, any donation would be an important contribution to fighting the good fight. (Those sound like Gary words.)
If you want to attend the Celebration Party on Friday night, after the race, I have tickets for that event. The party will be at Nick’s Fish House in Baltimore from 6-10pm, featuring live music, food and an auction. Please feel free to give me a call or send me an email. More information can be found at www.leukemia.org
And I’ll see what I can do about the spinnaker and the fog machine…
Love to all,
Checks can be made payable to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and can be mailed to me at the above address. Your canceled check will be your receipt.
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