BY JAMES CHRISMAN
SENIOR AT KENT DENVER SCHOOL
Editor’s note – The following is a letter by James Chrisman promoting fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Student of the Year Campaign.
James completes the 2018 Swim From Alcatraz.
I am announcing my candidacy for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2019 Students of the Year Campaign. Student candidates of this campaign work to raise the most funds during a seven-week period starting Jan. 10 and ending at the Students of the Year Gala March 1. Along with 15 other candidates throughout Colorado, I accepted this challenge in wanting to end my high school years giving back to my community, and, in doing so, honor my dad who, five years ago, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Dad has survived AML, partly due to a new treatment protocol as a result of research funding. For every dollar raised by LLS, 75 cents is dedicated to their mission. Research dollars contributed to my dad’s recovery with huge personal support from family, friends, and co-workers and now I have an opportunity to contribute more to the research that will save future lives.
Part of Team Chrisman at the Vineyard Vines fundraising event.
Dad spent nearly 60 days in University of Colorado Hospital at the Anschutz Medical Campus after two extended and intensive rounds of chemotherapy and one round of radiation. All of this culminated in a bone marrow transplant which kept him out of commission for six months.
Tucker Joseph (Team Member), James Chrisman (Candidate) and Caden Joseph (Kent Denver School, Chair) childhood friends since kindergarten at the LLS Vineyard Vines event.
Since his treatment, the same doctor who treated him has discovered a treatment for AML that is out patient, does not involve chemotherapy, does not require radiation and does not require a bone marrow transplant. It is simply a pill, one that attacks and destroys the cancer t-cell.
It recently received FDA approval and LLS has played a significant role in the research that led to its discovery. This is one of many successful stories about the advancement in blood cancer research over the last five years. Since the start of 2017, 38 new treatments were FDA-approved for blood cancer patients, 31 of which were funded by LLS. Blood cancer research doesn’t just benefit patients with blood cancers.
Remarkably 40 percent of all drugs developed since 2000 treating many forms of cancer had their origins in blood cancer research.
I am forever grateful for the support toward our family from extended family and friends throughout my dad’s struggle with AML.
I have a substantial fundraising goal for my LLS Student of the Year Campaign and ask that you support me in benefiting the next generation of research in finding a cure for this, as well as other cancers.
For additional information and ways to either make an online donation, become a corporate sponsor, host a table at the gala, purchase individual tickets for the gala, or contribute an auction item, please contact me directly at email@example.com or visit my website at events.lls.org/rm/denversoy19/jchrisman. If donating by check, please make the check payable to LLS, include James Chrisman in the memo line, and mail directly to LLS at 720 S. Colorado Blvd Suite 520-N; Denver, CO 80246. If your company has a matching program, please ask them to match your donation and encourage your friends to make a tax-deductible donation.
A healthy Jim and wife Phyllis with daughter Claire and son James all smiles being together.
James and his positive and supportive mother Phyllis.
Approximately every three minutes someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes someone dies. Dad has met seven individuals diagnosed with blood cancers since his diagnosis in 2013, one of which just recently passed away. The next generation of research will save some of these lives and eventually, with continued research, all will be saved. Please join me in taking the next step and make a donation.
With sincere appreciation,
James sincerely thanks the following individuals for their selfless contribution to bringing greater awareness to curing lymphoma and leukemia.
Claire Chrisman, Family Chair
Joe D’Angelo, Regis Jesuit High School Chair
Lily Fox, Colorado Academy Chair
Oliver Greenwald, Graphics
Caden Joseph, Kent Denver School Chair
Amanda Schlatter, Vineyard Vines Event Chair
Olivia Schmergel, Campaign Chair
Lauren Sperry, Heritage High School/Bow Mar Chair
Maddie Wilten, St. Mary’s Academy Chair
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