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This is why I do what I do

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This is why I do what I do

I experience countless emotional moments as I hear from myeloma patients and caregivers from around the country and sometimes, around the world. I wanted to share an exceptionally personal one with you here today.

In October, I flew up to Boston for an annual reunion of Myeloma Patient Ambassadors. I was a member of the first class of trained speakers that hit the road to speak to groups of nurses, doctors and patients six or seven years ago.

Light the nightPart of what makes the time in Boston special is our annual Light the Night walk for the LLS. The LLS sponsors hundreds of these events countrywide each year. But Boston’s event is exceptional. Attended by tens of thousands, it takes place in historic Boston Commons. Walking surrounded by glowing lanterns and all of that history is a memory I’ll hold onto as long as I’m around.

I’ve participated in the walk there several times. This year, one of our team members was kind enough to accompany me as I slowly made my way around the historic square. She emailed me after we worked together again last month at another meeting. I would like to share part of her email with you:


The Light The Night walk in October was the first one I have participated in and it truly was such a special experience for me. There are moments in life that you know will effect change somehow and that is how I felt about our (walk).

When I got home, I gave my son Aidan the lantern and told him about Light The Night, and that I had made a new friend. Ever since, when we turn out the lights at his bedtime, he turns on “his” lantern and says “it’s for Mommy’s new friend Pat.” Sometimes we have a deeper discussion, as discussions with 2.5 year old’s go, and sometimes we just admire the pretty glow. Either way, it is always a lovely moment and I wanted to share it with you.

All the best,


No words. Tissue, anyone?

Feel good and keep smiling! Pat