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February 22nd of 2006, my youngest son, Dylan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and our introduction to the world of cancer began. I have no words that are strong enough to describe the feeling when the doctor tells you that your four year old child has cancer. It still is hard to comprehend even now, over two years later.

Dylan will continue on his chemotherapy protocol until May of 2009. Five years after that, he will be considered cured. It is a long road, but I am grateful that he is still here to walk it.


That is why I'm taking part in the Hike for Discovery again this year. This is my way of giving back to the people that came before me so that my son would have a good chance at living a full, happy, healthy life. The Hike For Discovery is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's adventure fundraising program that prepares people to experience a natural wonder in a special way.


This summer I will spend every Saturday getting up at the crack of dawn, driving an hour or more, hiking for up to ten miles, and then hoping that I get back in time to make it to work. I'll be busy and sore at times, but it is worth it to me because I'm healthy and can help raise money for the cure. I've seen too many precious children die from this disease to not want to help.


While I'm training, I am raising funds to help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma. More than 712,000 Americans are battling these blood cancers including my son. Your support of my participation in Hike For Discovery will help bring them hope and support.


Please make a donation for those who lost the battle, are still fighting the battle, and those yet to fight. Please support my participation in Hike For Discovery and help advance the mission of LLS.


Over the last two years that Dylan has been in treatment, my dad, John Platt, has also been in treatment for esophageal cancer. He has been through many different types of chemo and radiation and the options have run out. The doctor's have given him very limited time left. I want to raise this money to honor him also. Research by LLS has given a foundation to treatment and research for other cancers.

Diane Ussery