Last spring, I sent out hundreds of emails and letters announcing the "Final Flight" of Wendy's Eagles. After raising $15,813, two of my children and many friends walked the 5K with me at the Dallas Lymphomathon to raise money for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. Then Wendy's Eagles retired.
Now spring is approaching, and Wendy's Eagles is getting ready for April 2008. What's the deal?
In 2004, I formed a team (as described in Oncology Times). The event was a great opportunity to teach my teenage son about survivorship, the value of research, and the joy of helping others. William named our team Wendy's Eagles (WE) after his high school mascot. The Lymphomathon became an annual event for me, William and my younger daughter, Jessie.
But Wendy's Eagles had to retire after the 2007 event. Will was heading off to college soon and I have energy limitations (and couldn’t do it by myself).
About two months ago, my son and younger daughter called, “Mom, we're coming the Dallas to walk with Wendy's Eagles - with you or without you!" What could I say?
When I first tried to write the emails and letters asking for support, I felt embarrassed. "People will think I'm like Magic Johnson, retiring and then un-retiring." Then I thought about how research saved my life when I entered clinical trials in the early 1990s. How I may need new treatments one day. How today many other patients are waiting and hoping for better treatments. How research aimed at lymphoma will likely uncover truths that help scientists better understand and treat other diseases, too.
Walking with Wendy's Eagles is the right thing to do. So call me "Magic," but I hereby invite you to click on this link and read about, support or join: Wendy's Eagles.