By Lissa Guyton | Feb 21, 2018
TOLEDO (WTVG) – Statistics show that once every three minutes a person here in America is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia or lymphoma. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society works to help patients and their families.
High school students from around the region are part of a friendly competition to raise money and awareness. It’s called the Students of the Year program.
Taylor Dulinski is a sophomore at Notre Dame Academy. When her father Tom was diagnosed with a brain tumor, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society stepped in to help. She’s now working to repay that kindness.The last couple years have been tough for Taylor and her family, “With my dad being sick, I’ve had to mature a lot quicker and face some realities.”
Tom was first diagnosed with cancer in May 2016, “People at first thought I’d had a stroke. I went to the hospital and had an MRI. They found a huge brain tumor.” Tom’s wife Kim said the diagnosis was devastating,”The tumor was 8 millimeters. It actually shifted his midline.”
After surgeries and chemo treatments at The Cleveland Clinic, Tom was in remission for nine months. Last November the cancer came back. But Kim says Tom just got some good news, “He’s been doing chemotherapy every month and we just found out yesterday that his latest scan came back clean.So we are very grateful.”
Through it all, Tom says help has come from family, friends and so many others, “There are people we don’t even know what have come forward to help us. It’s amazing that people do that.”
And that was part of the motivation for Taylor and her team to be part of the Students of the Year program, “The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has helped my family and given us a couple different grants. When I heard about this opportunity I thought it would be a good way to give back and help other people in the process.”
Kim says efforts like this are critical to winning the battle against cancer,”This is the only way we’ll be able to cure cancer, or any other illness for that matter, is by people getting involved. It all helps, whether it is raising awareness or donating money.”
Speaking of donating money, Kim says Taylor and her team are working to raise a lot of it,”Our goal is $15,000, so every little bit helps. We will be grateful for whatever comes our way, but if we make our goal that would be truly special.”
Taylor has a simple message for any challenge that life may throw your way, “Always have hope, and do as much as you can when you can.”
The fundraiser runs for seven weeks, so Taylor and her team have until April 12th to meet their goal.
To make a donation please visit: http://events.lls.org/noh/ToledoSOY2018/tdulinski