Hi Everyone! My name is Andrew Willison. I was diagnosed with AML Leukemia in January of 2018. My journey began with a trip to the hospital, I thought I had the flu because I was tired and it seemed like no matter how much I slept, I could not recharge. At the hospital in Richmond, BC the doctor took a blood sample and when the test came back he informed me I had a blood cancer and that I had to go to Vancouver General Hospital via ambulance. When I arrived at the hospital, the next morning they started my chemotherapy, but because my leukemia was so advanced, I had many secondary infections which made me sepsis and I fell into a coma for 38 days. After the 38 days, I woke up and my road to recovery began. I entered the first remission in the beginning of April 2018. Due to my time in a coma, I had to learn how to walk again. Thanks to the terrific doctors, nurses and staff at VGH I made an epic recovery and was released from hospital at the end of June 2018 after three rounds of consolidation. While I have many medical complications that cancer has left me with, and the lingering fear of relapse,I am working to build up my strength and get healthy. In September of 2018 I started as an office volunteer at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. I wish to give back to a community which has been so supportive and giving. I plan to walk as a survivor, carrying a white lantern in this years walk. I am excited to be apart of the effort to find a cure for all affected by these horrible diseases.