Friday, June 13, 2014

Celebrating Fathers: Jason Baganz

"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
- Clarence Budington Kelland

The North Texas Chapter is fortunate to have the support of a number of fathers who have a personal connection to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) mission and share our drive to create a world without blood cancers.  Today we are pleased to introduce to you Jason Baganz.  He works relentlessly on behalf of LLS through our Light The Night Walk.  Read why below. 

What is your connection to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its mission?
My connection to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is through my wife, Ashley.  She was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in July of 2007.  She has battled this disease ever since.  She has had three bone marrow transplants and is currently doing chemotherapy every month.

I am involved with a charity called Black Dog Shoot Out that contributes money to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  We believe that LLS does wonderful work and strives to find cures for blood cancers and all cancers.

Why did you choose Light The Night as a way to fundraise for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?
We chose Light The Night originally because a friend was involved as a campaign manager and we continue to support the event because of the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

How has The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society helped you throughout your family's journey with blood cancer?
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society helped our family monetarily and has given us tremendous support.

What advice would you give to another family with a loved one that's been diagnosed?
Some advice I would give to another family would be to never give up and always be strong and loving.

What's up next for your family?
The main thing is to get Ashley well.  (Read about Ashley's personal battle with blood cancer in her own words here.) We are raising twin two-year-old boys and it's a full time job!  We look forward to the day when a cure to blood cancers will be found.

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