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Samantha Mann

Team Name:  The Other Sam's Club
Years Participated: First Year

Location:   Greenwich, CT:

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In all of the years that I was either fundraising myself for cancer research or working for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society help others raise money for cancer research, I never thought that the next time I would be seeking donations would be in honor of myself. But here I am. On March 8, 2018, a date and day that I will never forget, I was diagnosed at only 34 years old with an incredibly rare type of sarcoma--a CIC rearranged small round blue cell tumor. There are only 500 cases diagnosed worldwide each year, with only 5,000 known cases total at this point. It is rare. It is aggressive. And it isn't fair. I am a busy mom of two young kids--aint nobody got time for this!!!

But, I am lucky. I have an incredible team of doctors and nurses at Memorial Sloan Kettering that are taking the BEST care of me. I am supported by the most incredible husband, kids and family. And friends who are like family. And my prognosis is good. I just finished 9 months of intense chemotherapy on Jnauray 3, which will now be followed by a lifetime of scans to make sure I stay cancer free. It has been a year of chaos and uncertainty, but also a lesson in strength and resilience. And we need to do everything we can to make sure that if this were to ever come back, or if someone else is diagnosed, we have the tools to make sure they make it through, just like I am.

So, I'm raising money for rare cancer research and I am hoping you will make a donation. Your gift will directly help people who have few, if any, treatment options. And because we have already raised so much money, all of the funds raised by our team can be designated directly to fund reasearch for my specific type of cancer--THIS IS INCREDIBLE!  Through Cycle for Survival, progress is accelerating. The money raised has helped to arm scientists with the resources to explore pioneering ideas, discover new therapies, and collaborate to find the next breakthrough. Did you know that:

50% of People with Cancer Have a Rare Cancer

When combined, about half of all patients fighting cancer are fighting a rare cancer. These are cancers we know — such as leukemia, lymphoma, thyroid, ovarian, brain, pancreatic, and all pediatric cancers — yet research is largely underfunded.

100% Goes to Lifesaving Research Led by MSK
Every dollar you give will advance innovative studies and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Discoveries made by MSK revolutionize how cancer is diagnosed and treated, helping patients across the country and around the world.

6 Months for Fast Impact
Not only does every dollar go to research, your gift will be in the hands of doctors and researchers within six months of the events. As a donor, you will learn about the projects supported and the breakthroughs made.

I thank you for your support from the bottom of my heart. You have all helped me get through this.

Good vibes only!

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