Steve Magnino has been a monthly donor to the Leukemia Research Foundation since 2011. He shares his reasons for supporting the LRF below. Have you considered becoming a monthly donor to the LRF? Read on, then click here and check the “make this a monthly gift” box to begin your regular support of the fight to cure all blood cancers.
What made you decide to become a monthly donor to the Leukemia Research Foundation?
“I got to know the LRF 2011 when I volunteered to work with them during a strategic planning effort. The organization’s leadership and vision impressed me, as did the caliber of the team, and the passion of LRF’s volunteer fundraisers, many of whom have been around for decades. Most importantly, I witnessed the impact and importance of LRF grants in helping doctors and researchers become established in blood cancer treatment and research. It is rare to find an organization like the LRF that is making a difference in people’s lives every day.”
Why do you feel it is important to give to the Leukemia Research Foundation each month?
“Major accomplishments come not so much from dramatic, blinding revelations or breakthroughs but more through sustained effort and perseverance – showing up and taking a step every day. Giving each month is a small way I can be part of the journey on which the LRF has invited me to participate.”
Do you give in honor or memory of some person or event?
“Initially, I gave in memory of my cousin, Philip, who died from Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 18 in 1968. It became far more personal in September 2015. I was diagnosed with an aggressive, large B-cell lymphoma. It’s nasty stuff. As John Lennon said, ‘Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.’ Five months of intensive chemo, four months off work. Now, more than two years after the conclusion of treatment, I am healthy. Thank God for modern medicine. My counts are good; my strength is good; life is good.”
What are the benefits to YOU for giving monthly?
“When I met with my oncologists, during and even after treatment, while they never used these exact words, in their excitement over the efficacy of treatment options available, if often felt like they were saying, ‘there has never been a better time to have lymphoma!’ Woo hoo, right? Thinking about it, I realized, well, that is true. There never has been a better time to have lymphoma; or leukemia, or multiple myeloma – or any blood cancer for that matter. And that is due to lots of people taking steps every day to find a cure or better treatment options, many empowered in that quest by the LRF.”
What is your goal in giving monthly to the Leukemia Research Foundation?
“I want others to experience the same positive outcome I experienced after getting a devastating blood cancer diagnosis.”
What would you say to others to encourage them to give monthly?
“Well, as the saying goes, ‘eighty percent of life is showing up.’ I can think of no better organization to show up for than the Leukemia Research Foundation and its mission.”