Yesterday the city of San Francisco made a young leukemia survivor’s wish come true when he became Bat Kid and fought crime with the help of volunteers from across the city (and a very cool Lamborghini Bat Mobile, complete with police escort). Thousands cheered him on, including the president, and social media went crazy for this wonderful story about strangers helping strangers, and a child’s desire to be a superhero inspiring us all.
This story really rang home for those of us in Team in Training. We were reminded this morning that the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was formed because of a child named Robert who died from leukemia at the age of 16 at a time when blood cancers had a 5% survival rate. Thanks to decades of hard work in scientific labs funded by donations from people like you, the survival rate for childhood blood cancers is now 95%. Roberto and I have been deeply moved by the people we have met and the generosity of our friends, family, and even strangers who have slipped us cash for the cause. Whether you were part of our Something Stupid campaign in October or you’re buying Christmas cards and gifts from Abbey Press*, or you’ve just been saying a ton of prayers for us, know that we are deeply grateful and welcome you into our own small conspiracy of kindness.
*We get 50% of the profit through November 30 — just visit Abbey Press Fundraising, shop and choose VA, Team in Training when you check out. You can select either of us as your seller;)