Loan Huynh is co-chairing the 2015 Big D Climb with Julie Westbrook Eisenberg. Loan wears many hats for the North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). She is a member of the Board of Trustees, a volunteer, advocate and most importantly, a blood cancer survivor. Meet this dynamic and engaging woman and learn more about what she and Julie have in store for the Big D Climb.
What is your connection to LLS and its mission?
I am a two-time survivor of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). I was originally diagnosed in 2005 when I lived in Chicago. After treatments and going into remission, I moved down to DFW where I relapsed 30 months later. After another bout of treatments and a bone marrow transplant, I wanted to help this cause. It is because of organizations like LLS, that I am able to be here today. The research they do to find treatments and someday a cure has impacted me directly.
How many years have you been involved with the Big D Climb & in what capacity?
I participated in the very first Big D Climb! For the first year we had a team of 13 close friends and family. The following year our team grew to about 25 which included several co-workers from Ivie & Associates. It really surprised us and Warren & Kay Ivie (Ivie & Associates owners) how much this event inspired our associates. From then on Ivie & Associates have been corporate chairs and sponsor of this great event. Our team grows every year! Last year we had over 140 climbers and volunteers! We expect to exceed that this year!
What are you most excited about for the upcoming Big D Climb?
I think the excitement is the same every year for me. It doesn't get old. It's so cool to see crowds of people gathering to support such an amazing cause! The event gets bigger and bigger with more sponsors, more activities and this year more stairs. Yikes!
Why should people get registered for the climb now?
You should register and start training now! It's great to get a jump start on the training and fundraising. You definitely want to get in on early registration to take advantage of the lower registration price. But you want to register, get your team started and get the excitement going. We're all there to raise money and awareness for blood cancer research but if you can put on a tu-tu, climb some stairs and have some fun in the mean time, all the better!
Tell us your strategy for conquering a taller climb this year.
Slow and steady wins the race! :)
Register today at www.bigdclimb.org
|Ivie & Associates 2014 Big D Climb team|