My name is Lila Javan and I am a cancer survivor. I am embarking on an amazing adventure to climb Kilimanjaro to raise $1,000,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and as a donor drive for the national bone marrow/stem cell registry. Join me on the journey!
My life has been saved twice by bone marrow and stem cell transplants. In 2010 my life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukemia (AML). I was told that my only chance for survival was a stem cell/bone marrow transplant. I had a bone marrow transplant that fall -my sister was my donor– and after a year in turmoil, recovered and rebuilt my life as a cancer survivor. In 2014, my next adventure was to be a solo trip to Africa to climb Kilimanjaro. The very week that I was booking my flights, I discovered that my cancer was back. September of 2014, after another summer of chemo, I had a second transplant, this time it was stem cells from an unrelated donor.
While I was in the hospital, a friend of mine took a window frame and placed a beautiful photograph of Kilimanjaro in it. He hung this on my wall opposite my bed. Throughout my treatment, I would stare at that window and visualized myself climbing the mountain. My doctors and nurses all asked about the picture and I would tell them about my magical trip; an amazing thing happened - my solo trip became a group trip. Now, a group of doctors, nurses, and friends all want to come with me to climb the highest peak in Africa. For me, climbing Kilimanjaro represents my journey from diagnoses into remission and hopefully into cure. It is a journey that at first I thought I could do alone, but in fact, I needed the love and support of all those around me. Now the trip has grown into something so much bigger then myself; together we have the opportunity to be a part of the cure for cancer and I would like to invite YOU to join us on this incredible journey!
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is changing the landscape of cancer with more than 300 active research projects that explore different avenues of new and adventurous research; ones with promise and ones that will save lives not someday, but today.
For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. That cure may be inside YOU. You can cure cancer, join the national registry and save a life.
August 2014 September 2015
Join the team, be part of the CURE. Come with us to the rooftop of Africa, raise money for life saving research and help educate others on the incredible power of bone marrow and stem cell donation.