Thursday, February 9, 2017

Saint Valentine's Day Luncheon & Fashion Show: Raffle Packages Revealed

The 2017 Saint Valentine's Day Luncheon & Fashion Show presented by Nancy C. & Richard R. Rogers is almost here!  Even if you are not planning on attending the Luncheon you can still bid on the exciting auction packages up for grabs.  Check out the packages below, purchase your ticket online and you will be contacted after the Luncheon on February 14th if you've won!

Platinum Ticket Raffle Item
$300 per ticket


Win a trip to Hawaii for a week with roundtrip airline tickets for two people.  Enjoy a week in Kauai at a luxurious oceanfront timeshare donated by Dr. and Mrs. Eric Hollabaugh on behalf of Douglas Cockrill, Sr.
$4,999 Value

- AND -

Dallas Auction Gallery has donated 18k gold earrings with 1.06ct. brilliant cut diamonds surrounded by amethyst, rose quartz, mother of pearl and topaz.
$5,600 Value
TOTAL VALUE: $10,599

Affair of the Heart
Red Ticket Raffle Items
$200 per ticket

Ski in Style
One entry into your choice of red raffle package
Treat your valentine to a weekend getaway to gorgeous Vail, CO.  This package includes airfare for two and a weekend stay at The Sebastian - Vail, A Timbers Resort.
$3,400 Value

New York
The Big Apple
See the sporty side of New York City with this auction package.  Win a trip for two to the big apple complete with airfare, a $250 voucher to the Omni Hotel and 4 tickets to see the New York City Nets play.
$3,600 Value

From the HeART
Painter Chris Martin is following the Luncheon's "Affair of the Heart" theme with his contribution.  The acclaimed painter has donated a "From the Heart" original acrylic painting that will fit in with your personal art collection.
$2,400 Value

Affair of the Heart
Pink Ticket Raffle Items
$100 per ticket
One entry into your choice of red raffle package per ticket

Wine and Dine
18 Bottles of wine from Napa Valley's Coquerel Winery and a gift certificate $250 Three Forks Restaurant
$1,600 Value

Dine In Style
Del Frisco’s Dinner Party at Dallas location for 10 friends plus a Leggiadro scarf and gift certificate
$2,250 Value

Dallas Staycation
One night stay at the Omni ($250 gift certificate), a $250 Uchi gift certificate, four suit tickets to watch the Dallas Mavericks play, and the use of a Tesla for the weekend.
$2,500 Value

Smile, Sip and Shop
$1,000 gift certificate to Adean Kingston Cosmetic Dermatology, $500 gift certificate to St. John plus private champagne reception for you and up to 10 friends
$2,000 Value

Get Pampered
$1,000 gift certificate to Jennifer Stalkup Plano Dermatology, $500 gift certificate to Skinnovation, plus a $250 gift certificate to Kendra Scott and Mariposa.
$2,000 Value

His and Hers Package
$1,000 gift certificate to Lela Rose and 2 tickets to Dallas Stars game with Parking Pass
$1,600 Value

Design District
Set of Allan Knight designer lamps: square plaid glass etched lamps with a caramel mahogany wood base.
$3,000 Value

Shop Till You Drop
Highland Park Village Personal Shopping Experience
$1,500 Value

Get Glam
Dior Party with 9 friends with bubbles, bites and consultation paired with a $1,500 gift certificate to Dr. Bassichis Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery
$2,500 Value

Heart to Heart
Bachendorf's Heart Pendant Diamond Necklace and Kate Wiser Box of Chocolates
$1,200 Value

That’s My Style
V. Bruce Hoeskma Martini Glass Mini Clutch
$1,450 Value

Questions?  Please contact Emile Blaine at (972) 996-5932 or

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Finish YOUR Race: An Interview With the Author

Don Armstrong, a leukemia survivor and ardent volunteer and advocate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), released his book Finish YOUR Race earlier today.  (Purchase it now on Amazon.)  It chronicles his journey from the moment he heard "you have cancer" to now.  His stories will inspire people with strategies and lessons he learned to accomplish their goals.  

Below Don answers a couple questions about the book and what compelled him to write it.

Why did you feel the desire to write this book?
I faced an illness eleven years ago that could have taken my life. My cancer journey was filled with uncertainty and challenges that tested me on a daily basis.  I learned a lot about myself and life on this journey.  I wrote Finish YOUR Race to share the extraordinary lessons and strategies I learned during my journey.  I won’t want anyone to experience what I did with cancer, however, I would like everyone to know what I learned along the way.

What about this book is different than other motivational books?
This is a terrific question with a fairly simple answer.  I lived every minute of every hour of every day of this journey. My book is about real life experiences of this journey and the impact it had on me.  This journey changed almost everything about me – priorities, goals, directions and motivations.  I share these revelations in hopes that they will have a positive impact on the reader.
What do you hope people will take away from this book?
Setback can affect all of our lives to varying degrees. It is my hope that the reader will be equipped with strategies to empower their life and overcome any setback.  In the final analysis it’s not the setback but the way it’s handled that determines who we are in this world. Ultimately, it’s never too late to make a difference in yourself and others.  With courage, focus, and a positive spirit, you can discover, or rediscover, what living your best life means to you.

How did LLS play a role in your story?

The advancements made by LLS, since it was founded in 1949, made it possible for me to be alive today.  All of the dollars raised since 1949 led to the advancements such as chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation and so much more.  I don’t know that I would be here today if it wasn’t for the advancements and successes of LLS.

Don is donating 10% of his book sales TODAY to LLS.  Pick up your copy online by clicking here.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Chipotle Day is Coming!

Chipotle Benefit Day is back!  On Thursday, February 16th ALL Chipotle locations in Texas will be donating 50% of proceeds to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  All you have to do is mention  LLS at checkout or show the cashier this flyer.   The percentages apply to lunch and dinner. 

Raising money for LLS has never been easier or more delicious! 

Chipotle and LLS partnered together a couple years ago and in that time has raised more than $50,000 in North Texas to help fund the research so critical to find cures.  

We are sweetening the deal:
There are a number of ways you can earn $5 Chipotle gift cards:
1. Share our event page on facebook and invite all of your friends to meet you for lunch or dinner on the 16th.
2. Take a picture of yourself at Chipotle and share it on the Facebook event page.
3.  Share the North Texas Chapter's Facebook posts about the event on your page.

The gift cards will be drawn at random.  

We hope you help us spread the news of this delicious fundraiser and plan to eat at Chipotle on February 16th.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

LLS Patient Travel Assistance Program Reopens

IMPORTANT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ALERT:  The Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance program is now open.  Patients can apply online at or call the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572.

Qualifying patients will receive a one-time grant of $500 per year.  Awards are based upon a first-come first-serve basis and will be offered as long as funding is available.

The funds can be used for the following travel expenses: ground transportation, tolls, gas, parking, car rental, air transportation, lodging and ambulance services.  

The funds cannot be used for food, drinks and alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, automotive parts/supplies and repair, auto dealers, travel agencies, baggage fees and international travel.

To qualify for the Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance the following eligibility criteria must be met:

  • Applicants (patients) must be US citizens or permanent residents which is verified by applicant’s physical address; and
  • Applicants must have a confirmed diagnosis of blood cancer; and
  • Applicants may be insured or uninsured; and
  • Applicants must meet financial eligibility criteria defined as an annual income at or below 500% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)  

Contact Seetha Modi, the North Texas Patient Access Manager, to learn more about the program and to address any outstanding questions.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Eating & Cancer Prevention: 5 Questions With Patricia R. Thomson, Ph.D.

North Texas Executive Director Patricia R. Thomson, Ph.D. is hosting four free classes centered around how your diet can play a role in cancer prevention and survival.  She sat down and answered five questions about the connection between cancer prevention and what you put on your plate.  

What peaked your interest to learn more and get a Plant Based Nutrition certification to teach others about healthy eating?
I began eating healthy over 7 years ago as the result of a radio show I heard.  Dr. Joel Fuhrman was talking about the wonders of eating a plant-based diet.  I had been on blood pressure and cholesterol medicine and thought I was a victim of my genetics.  Everything changed for me after that.  Because of the results I have seen I want to share what I know with others who may not have heard that you can take control of your health.  Empowerment is the key to great health.

What is the most common misconception you’ve heard about healthy eating?
When people hear that I eat a plant-based diet they think I eat lettuce for every meal.  While greens are important they are just one component of such a varied diet.  I eat more now than I ever have and I have stacks and files of recipes.  There are so many options.  Pizza, pastas, tacos, chilis, soups, wraps, the list goes on.   I think people will get excited when they see all of the delicious food you can eat and not adversely affect their health or weight.

What is the top take-away you would like session participants to learn?
You have the power to control what goes on your plate- the power to determine if you live a healthy life.  By filling your plate with healthy options you leave less and less room for the unhealthy foods.  Soon you will not want to have those unhealthy foods around because you will feel so good eating all of your new healthy choices.  We are not victims of our genetics – you can overcome your genetic destiny and chart a new healthy course for your life.

Some worry that eating healthy can be too expensive to maintain.  How do you address that?
While you can spend all of your money buying exotic foods, eating healthy can be very basic.  Buying frozen fruits and vegetables, dried pastas and rice and canned goods is a great way to start out. I buy a lot of my groceries at Costco or Kroger.  Good healthy food does not have to cost a lot.  Making rice or pasta bowls filled with veggies, rice, beans, sauces, and pastas is a quick way to prepare a healthy meal that everyone will love.  The key to eating healthy is to make it easy and great tasting.  Plus, it can be a way for families to plan the menu together and have fun putting the meals together.  Teaching healthy eating habits at an early age sets children up for a lifetime of success.

Say someone would like to learn more about healthy eating.  Where should they go?

Well, first I would suggest that they come to my classes.  Even if they can only make one or two I will be providing a ton of resources, recipes and information to get them on their way.  Plus, I have a website that everyone can access to find out more about healthy eating.  Two hours on a Saturday will be well worth the investment.  

Learn more about her classes and how you can sign up for them by clicking here.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cancer Prevention & Survival Courses: 4 Part Series

North Texas Executive Director Patricia R. Thomson, Ph.D. is hosting four free classes centered around how your diet can play a role in cancer prevention and survival.  You may have seen her lead a similar class at the North Texas Blood Cancer Conference & Expo last September.

Below is a list and description of each of the classes being held.  Each class will include a cooking demonstration and samples.  Classes are limited to 25 people per session and will be held at the Dallas Leukemia & Lymphoma Society office (8111 LBJ Fwy., Ste 425, Dallas, TX 75251).  You can register for the classes individually or sign up for all four!  Signing up for all four classes at once ensures that you will not be placed on a waiting list for later classes.

Introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer
Saturday, February 11th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Certain diet patterns seem to have a major effect in helping people diagnosed with cancer live longer, healthier lives.  In this class, you will learn about the right food choices that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer as well as prevent a recurrence.
Register here.

Fueling Up On Low-Fat, High-Fiber Foods
Saturday, February 18th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The easiest way to be healthy is to build your meals from foods that are naturally low in fat and to use cooking methods that do not require added fats or oils.  In this class you will learn how to prepare delicious, low-fat dishes made from whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits.
Register here.

Discovering Dairy and Meat Alternatives
Saturday, February 25th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
In this class, you will explore a variety of vegetarian sources of protein, all of which are low in fat, high in fiber, and loaded with cancer-fighting nutrients.
Register here.

Cancer-Fighting Compounds and Healthy Weight Control
Saturday, March 11th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Both antioxidants and the body's immune system are critically important in fighting cancer.  In this class, the instructor will discuss and demonstrate healthful dishes loaded with immune-boosting nutrients such as beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamin C, and zinc - helping you learn how to easily and naturally maintain a healthy weight and a cancer-fighting nutritional regime.
Register here.

These classes are sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.  If you have questions about the class, contact Patricia directly at

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Meet Jessica Buckman

The North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is thrilled to introduce its newest addition to the Special Events department.  Meet Jessica Buckman.  She is joining LLS as a campaign specialist and will be working out of the Dallas office.  Jessica will be working on the Big D Climb event as well as the Man Woman of the Year Campaign. Read below as this dynamic woman introduces herself.

"I am so excited to be a new member of the LLS North Texas family! It has always been my dream to work for a cancer research non- profit in their special events department and I can’t believe my dream has finally come true!

As a native of Dallas, I first fell in love with serving others during a semester long service project for a local elementary school my senior year at Bishop Lynch High School.  I continued this experience by dedicating my college spring breaks to week long service trips. These trips allowed me to impact lives in Louisiana, by helping with Hurricane Katrina relief, and in Mississippi, where I volunteered at an early Head Start Program.

I graduated from Texas A&M University back in 2014 where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. After I graduated, I moved to Austin, TX where I worked for a non-profit named Phoenix Arising, that taught after school and summer STEM classes to underprivileged youth in Travis County.

Two years later I am back in Dallas and I am so excited to see what lies ahead with LLS!”

We are happy to have Jessica as part of the North Texas LLS family.  Reach out and introduce yourself.  She can be contacted at or (972) 996-5929.