My grandfather, my mother's father, passed away due to Leukemia. My mother fell on some hard times including divorce, bankruptcy and depression. She had to care for three kids, my two siblings and I, in poverty. Despite her circumstances, she gave us the necessities we needed but more so, gave us an abundance of love, compassion and support, all at the sacrifice of her own personal life and wellbeing. When she passed, I started Unsung Heroes Productions to honor and raise money for charities that were important in her life including raising money for Leukemia.
Half of our shows have been to raise money for leukemia. We partner with an old high school friend who began a charity of her own, also to honor her mother. That charity is Imagine a Cure for Leukemia. All of the money we raise funnels through Imagine towards projects at LLSC in line with Imagines’ mandate. Being able to produce these shows, bringing together community, raising awareness and funds for leukemia, reconnecting with an old friend and both of us doing this for our late mothers, has just been a blessing. I am proud we are able to honor them while funding important projects at the LLSC. This fall, our 6th annual show will be raising money to fund LLS's Children's Initiative which is such a critical project. Children need to not only survive leukemia but also to thrive in their life free of the many and sometimes severe complications of treatment. Families need support and new research and clinical trials need to be conducted. This initiative covers all of these important bases. So far we have been able to raise close to $200, 000 for leukemia in our past productions and this one is set to break new records for us. We are honored to be able to give back and excited for our fall show.
You are making a difference in the lives of so many patients and their families. This disease still takes too many lives and/or the treatments take too large a toll. I would say that progress is being made which means you can actually see the difference, watch the impact of the time and effort you put in. It's incredibly rewarding and so appreciated.