Homes For Good is about purpose beyond profit, and building a mission-driven real estate brand designed to create a positive impact at scale, every day. I’ve had incredible partners all year and July is no exception. I’m excited to announce that Homes for Good will be partnering with a new friend, Natalie Nojaim, and her #NATALIE’S STRONGER THAN CANCER TEAM fundraising campaign in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Light the Night.
I first met Natalie, her husband Bren and their two children back at an open house in April. As I normally do, I naturally shared the story of Homes for Good and my partner at the time, which was Food for the Hungry and Striking Out Poverty. As we continued to talk, Natalie shared her story with me.
Natalie was diagnosed in 2016, at the young age of 42, with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). As she began treatment, her body did not respond to the standard chemotherapy treatment. Natalie was forced to look into other options and tried a new alternative immunotherapy drug called Blincyto that had just been approved by the FDA less than 2 years prior.
At the time, Natalie was just the 3rd patient to receive the treatment at the renowned Mayo Clinic Hospital. The drug worked and Natalie credits Blincyto for getting her into remission where she was then able to receive a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
In Arizona alone, an estimated 20,768 people are battling blood cancers and an additional 3,120 are newly diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma each year. Leukemia is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related deaths and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in young people (under the age of 20.)
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) mission is to help fund research for new blood cancer therapies, as well as support families in need that have a loved one battling blood cancer. Since 1999, LLS has invested nearly $6.8 million in 17 Arizona-based research projects.
In the last year, LLS has distributed nearly $2 million in direct financial assistance to Arizona families battling blood cancer, including clinical trials.
Light the Night is a series of fundraising campaigns benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) funding of research to find blood cancer cures. Last year, Natalie created her #StrongerThanCancer Team to fundraise for the 2017 Phoenix Light the Night Campaign. Her team raised just shy of $7,000 and finished 5th place out of all the Friends and Family Teams. Her goal this year, along with our partnership at Homes for Good, is to raise $8,000.
Natalie has been recognized as one of this year’s honored heroes and is serving on the the Light the Night Community Council. She will be speaking at the November 17th Light the Night event. She is a believer in the work LLS is doing to fund new research and she’s especially supportive of advancing new treatments. After spending some time with Natalie, it is clear that she believes that she “survived for a reason” and has admirably dedicated much of her time to now be an ambassador for LLS. She is dedicated to do everything she can to give back in hopes of saving more lives from blood cancer.
Through open houses and my daily real estate activities I hope to not only raise funds, but also promote Natalie’s message and share the good that she and her family are doing here in our community. With Austin Bates and V.I.P. Mortgage matching all donations as my title sponsor, that means more opportunity to help make a significant impact in helping her reach her goal. You can visit Natalie’s fund-raising page by clicking here.
The 2018 Light the Night walk in Phoenix is scheduled for Saturday, November 17thfrom 5PM to 8PM. To learn more about Light the Night and the mission and impact of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, you can also visit LighttheNight.org
I am often asked how people can get involved and really there are so many ways. However, perhaps the most impactful way you can help is to share. Share these stories, talk to people, tell them how they can get involved and help me affect real and lasting change.
“The world is changed by your example not by your opinion”
— Paulo Coelho
I am often asked how people can get involved and really there are so many ways. You can absolutely donate through my recently launched website, but you can also nominate a local organization. However, perhaps the most impactful way you can help is to share. Share these stories, talk to people, tell them how they can get involved and help me affect real and lasting change.