When I made that first post, Chris Winfield of 10e20 and the Internet Marketers of New York, commented. Winfield is presenting at the conference and (Iâ€™m assuming) one of the organizers of the IMNYâ€™s Charity Party Monday night to kick off the event. The event, sponsored by Best of the Web, raises money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
If youâ€™re going to be in Manhattan on Monday night, come join us at Town Tavern Bar & Grill at 134 W. 3rd Street and 6th Avenue, bring $40 for a donation to The L&L Society and have a good time networking with a roster of social media stars and studs, me notwithstanding.
Hereâ€™s what I know about Leukemia:
A young girl in my hometown was diagnosed with leukemia when I was in college. She was several years younger than me, but I knew her because our families went to the same church. My mother implored me to visit her when she was in the hospital in Lexington, Ky., receiving treatments. Despite my college-aged selfishness, I did.Â And Iâ€™m glad I did.
Leslie was pale. Her hair was falling out. She looked terrible.
Her mother and I talked briefly. I stuttered around and forced a five-minute conversation with Leslie to try and lift her spirits. My approach was to just carry on as if she wasnâ€™t sick. Iâ€™m not sure if it worked to distract her from what she was going through, but she seemed responsive and humored I was there.
Oddly enough, because of our age differences, that might have been the longest conversation I ever had with her.
Months passed and Leslieâ€™s condition fluctuated. I prayed for her, as did thousands of people in my little town of about as many.
This story would have to take a sad turn if it werenâ€™t for the generosity of people who gave then to organizations fighting cancer like The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Leslie is in her late 20s now, has been cancer-free for years and is doing well.
And while I still havenâ€™t had a conversation longer than that hospital visit with her, Iâ€™ve run into her brother and sister online and still see her parents when I visit my motherâ€™s church. They didnâ€™t have to lose their daughter or sister. It might have been science supported by funding from the L&L Society. It might have been prayer. It might have been a combination of both.
Whatever it was, Iâ€™m glad I paid a visit then. Monday night, Iâ€™ll gladly do it again.
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