Above is a picture of my close friend Jeannine Martineau, (with her beautiful granddaughter Ronnie). I asked Jeannine to write a small bio for all you to read so that you could learn a little more about her and what she has gone through over the last seventeen years. Here is her story:
"Seventeen years ago I faced the diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After a 4 year battle I thought cancer was in my past. Little did I know that my b-cell cancer was just dormant and morphed into multi-myeloma, a blood cancer of the bone marrow whose tumors feed on bone. There is not a cure yet but races like this marathon provide hope one will be found.
I was diagnosed when the cancer ate through my vertebrae and I was paralyzed from the waist down. After surgeries and 3 years of intense therapy I now walk with a cane. I have already had my lifetime limit of radiation to my spine, have undergone numerous doses of chemo therapy including experimental drugs and am hoping to qualify for a risky experimental transplant at UCLA which could prolong my life for 1 to 2 years.
I am very blessed to have the love and support of my family and friends. Mindie is one of my “kids” and her willingness to include me on her team is a true blessing. I pray that the Lord will keep you all free from injury, in good health and your efforts will lead to more awareness and a cure for us all. Love and Blessings, Jeannine."
Ok, if you can get through reading that without crying, you are either heartless or stronger than me. To give a short update on Jeannine, she is still trying to qualify for the stem cell transplant. However, her last check-up this past week (March 18th) did not go well. According to her son, Jeff, her cancer count is still too high to have the transplant. Please keep her in your prayers. Remember, your donations go directly to research that helps find cures for cancers like Jeannine's. Thank you so much for your support everyone!!
You can donate right now if you like: just click HERE. If you would like to purchase a candle, see information below on previous post.