Guest post: Emily(2) Fundraising for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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It’s like, still cold in the Carolinas.

Finding the time to blog lately hasn’t been easy.

Sometimes, you have to rely on friends to pick up the slack. I’d intended to publish a #GirlsRock interview with Emily Meintzer, whose sister plays on Camdyn’s team at Lake Norman Soccer Club.

Emily and I have become sideline friends, watching her sister and my daughter mixing it up on the soccer pitch.

Today, I’m featuring a cause Emily and her friend, Emily, are working to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Many of you know my father died nearly 18 years ago of leukemia.

These girls are doing great things.

Please consider a donation of any size through the link in the Emilys’ post below. I adore this family and admire the hard work these girls are putting in during a busy time in school and in life in general!


We are Emily² Against Cancer and we are honored to have been accepted as candidates in the 2018 Students of the Year program, a seven-week initiative in which select high school students from around the country participate in a fundraising competition with a common goal to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

We are raising money in honor of:

Emily Meintzer’s grandfather, Jack Slayton, who has been battling Lymphoma since 1999
Titus Cooney, a 4-year-old diagnosed with ALL B Cell Leukemia
Kristi Smith, a Leukemia survivor who has been cancer free for over 20 years
Ted Pacheco, a friend’s father who passed away from Leukemia several years ago

Each dollar is a vote. The candidate team who raises the most money at the end of the campaign is named Student of the Year. Our mission is to not only raise the most money but also to bring attention to blood cancers like leukemia, which is the most common form of cancer in children and teens.

Since the early 1960s, five-year survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled. And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are helping patients with other cancers and serious diseases. In fact, drugs first approved for blood cancers are now approved to treat patients with stomach cancers, skin cancers, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. They’ll not only support LLS-funded research but will help provide critical information and support for patients, and support advocacy for laws to ensure patients can access the care and treatments they need. To donate, please visit the following link and click on “Donate Today:”

Millions of people are touched by cancer each year. No donation is too small. Thank you for your support!

Emily Meintzer and Emily Ramanata



Thank you so much!


  1. Lyn says:

    After being diagnosed with B-Cell Lymphoma last August, how could I not donate and help the girls in their quest. Payday is coming 😊

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You’ve been in my prayers, Lyn! Thanks so much for supporting these awesome girls.

      1. Lyn says:

        Thanks so much, Eli. They are awesome, aren’t they 😀

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Most definitely!

  2. Donated as anonymous, and i am so glad you are supporting them in their endeavor.

    1. ksbeth says:

      what a wonderful post and even better cause. i applaud the emilys and will certainly support them in this endeavor.

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        you’re the best, beth. i love that they did this.

    2. Eli Pacheco says:

      Mimi, thanks so much for your support!

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