Feb 23, 2015

Welcome To My "STAND TALL FOR KJ" Fundraising Page

Each year the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) asks a young blood cancer survivor to act as Boy of the Year in order to help their organization beat blood cancers by raising awareness, money, and volunteering their time.  I am honored to say I was asked by LLS to serve as the 2015 Boy of the Year, and I have graciously accepted. 

The battle to beat blood cancer is very important to me because I was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia (Philadelphia Positive ALL) in December 13, 2011 at the age of 9.  I have recently finished three long and difficult years of chemotherapy, with many more downs than ups but in just a few short months, I will finally be done with all of my treatments and will be able to begin to rebound to a healthy 12 year old.  While I will still need to be monitored very closely for years to come, I have high hopes that I have seen the last of my cancer and that better days lie ahead. 

My Mom and Dad (Tammy and Kevin) coined a phrase shortly after I was diagnosed “Stand Tall for KJ” meaning Saying Temporary And Necessary Daily To Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia....this phrase helped us through our journey so now we want to “Stand Tall” for all the other patients out there that need help just as I did.  

I ask that you please join me in my efforts to raise awareness and funds by supporting LLS by making a donation to my fundraising campaign.  As Boy of the Year, I am not obligated to raise funds but I have chosen to do this so I can help give back to the community and help save lives today! 

Here are some great facts about LLS

*  LLS's continued advancements over the years are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling; in some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled.  

*  LLS have funded drugs like Gleevec, Arinza, Tasigna, Zolinza and Sprycel (the trade name for the chemotherapy Dasatinib, WHICH IS THE DRUG THAT HELPED SAVE MY LIFE)!!

*  Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They're even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded drugs that are listed above are now being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.

We really are changing the face of blood cancers!

All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.

I set a personal goal of $12,000 simply because I am 12 and each zero represents the 3 of us in my family!  I am so blessed and thankful to be able to be here today and to continue to Stand Tall each day for all the fighters out there that need our help.  So please visit my website oftenhttp://www.lls.org/pages/ri/boygirl2015/kriccidonate on-line today and also please share with your friends who would like to help me Stand Tall!  If you prefer you can also donate by check, please make checks payable to LLS and please be sure to add “Stand Tall for KJ” in the memo field or it will not count as part of my fundraising total.  Mail checks to the address below.  All checks must be received no later than April 24th.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

c/o Carla Mulhern

2348 Post Road, Suite 202

Warwick, RI 02886

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere (especially myself) we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support!

With a big and grateful heart,

KJ Ricci 

* For more information about LLS, please visit lls.org

 

 

Best of luck KJ! LLS is truly lucky to have you as their Boy of the Year. You and your family are an inspiration to everyone.
Karli Blossom,
Way to go KJ, Tammy & Kevin!
Anonymous,
KJ, We love you and are so proud of you, xo Joey, Isa and Eva Burchfield
Joe, Isa and Eva Burchfield,
I am so happy to see you doing so well. I always knew you were the strongest boy I had ever met. Continue on your road to full and complete recovery. Always in my thoughts and prayers. Susan Anzeveno
Susan Anzeveno,
Good luck KJ! Xo
Malissa Lima,
KJ you are an inspiration!!! Keep I up
Michael Grossi,
KJ - I can't even begin to tell you how in awe of you I am!! You are such an inspiration and you and your wonderful Mom and Dad have touched my life in more ways than you know! I will always Stand Tall for you as you are truly a Super Hero!! Lots of Love, Jackie xoxo
Jackie Langelier,
We all stand tall for KJ,May God Bless and keep you and your family strong.
Diane and Al,
You are an inspiration to all KJ as are your wonderful Mom and Dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers every day and seeing your smile always lifts my spirits! Love you and Standing Tall Always!!
Jackie Langelier,
KJ, you and your family are a wonderful inspiration to the rest of us. Thank you for helping to raise money and find a cure!
A secret admirer,
You are such an inspiration KJ! Keep on smiling!! Go Celtics!!
Chad and Gina Romlad,
You are such an amazing family, such an inspiration to all. We are so blessed to have you in our li es. We love you all so very much!
amy, sue and joshua oakley,
Good luck fundraising! I am not surprised you are Boy of the Year. You are the perfect representative. Stay strong!
elizabeth theiler,
SO proud of you K.J.! All of your efforts and hard work are paying off. You have certainly made a difference in every person's life that you have come across. Thank you for being you. You are amazing!!
Amanda Leonardo,
KJ - This is Kiley's MeMe & Pa - we are so proud of you and all that you are doing! Kiley loves her KJ blanket - always with her. You're an incredible inspiration to so many children and their families. Love, Karen & John Warren
Karen & John Warren,
congrats KJ
Michael grossi,
You are a real life Super hero KJ! Keep up the awesome work, you are such a wonderful inspiration to all who meet you!! XOXO Lori Murphy
Lori Murphy,

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Countdown to event

Sat Apr 25, 2015 @07:00 PM  EDT

Fundraising Total

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Individual Goal
$17,440 of $12,000
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Team Goal
$17,440 of $17,440

My Thanks To

  • Sweet Twist
    $1855.00
  • Lois Ricci
    $1000.00
  • Moran Home Improvement
    $1000.00
  • Whelan School
    $900.00
  • Rex Capital Advisors LLC
    $500.00
  • Barbara Dreyer
    $500.00
  • Greg & Becky Porcaro
    $500.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $465.00
  • Marieville Feinstein Comm...
    $400.00
  • Dr. Joseph A Whelan Schoo...
    $300.00
  • Brian Mulhern
    $250.00
  • Michael grossi
    $250.00
  • LGC & D
    $250.00
  • Heyam Janell
    $250.00
  • Richard Derienzo
    $250.00
  • Joann Albanese
    $250.00
  • RICHARD AND JAYMA ZOMPA
    $250.00
  • Michael Grossi
    $250.00
  • Chico's Retail Svcs
    $236.42
  • DTC Inc
    $225.00
  • Jerry D'Ambra
    $200.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $155.00
  • Luca & Stella
    $150.00
  • Linda Barrett
    $150.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $150.00
  • Dr. Joseph A Whelan Schoo...
    $106.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $105.00
  • Kristen Mulholland
    $100.00
  • Victoria Antonelli
    $100.00
  • Danielle Brien
    $100.00
  • Karen & John Warren
    $100.00
  • James Cooke
    $100.00
  • Tracy Tavares
    $100.00
  • Lynn O'Marra
    $100.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $100.00
  • Deborah Geremia
    $100.00
  • Stephen Dyer
    $100.00
  • Michael Criscione
    $100.00
  • Michael Crawley
    $100.00
  • Michael Camacho
    $100.00
  • Michael Camacho
    $100.00
  • Arthur Aloisio
    $100.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $100.00
  • A secret admirer
    $100.00
  • Birchwood School
    $100.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $100.00
  • Chad and Gina Romlad
    $100.00
  • Joseph Giammarco
    $100.00
  • Corwin Brown
    $80.00
  • Corey Smith
    $75.00
  • Mag Jewelry Company
    $75.00
  • Martha Hultsman
    $75.00
  • Stephen Olney School
    $75.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $70.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $65.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $62.50
  • Mona Ignacio
    $50.00
  • Linda Zogby
    $50.00
  • Diane Dana
    $50.00
  • Joanne Burchfield
    $50.00
  • Peter Dini
    $50.00
  • Robert Laflamme
    $50.00
  • Stephen and Joan Garfinke...
    $50.00
  • Craig Sawin
    $50.00
  • Joseph Sabetta
    $50.00
  • Kevin Ricci
    $50.00
  • Denise Lema
    $50.00
  • Gerald Iadeluca
    $50.00
  • Kimberley Dearborn
    $50.00
  • Stephen Cummings
    $50.00
  • Jason Beneduce
    $50.00
  • Jason Baldwin
    $50.00
  • Carl Anderberg
    $50.00
  • Andrea Arnold
    $50.00
  • Steven Pitassi
    $50.00
  • Thomas Mulhern
    $50.00
  • Kathy Haronian
    $50.00
  • Irene Ogarek
    $50.00
  • Vera DePalo
    $50.00
  • Lori Murphy
    $50.00
  • Harriet Dexter
    $50.00
  • Diane and Al
    $50.00
  • Linda Zogby
    $50.00
  • Carol Cianci
    $50.00
  • Anonymous
    $50.00
  • Malissa Lima
    $50.00
  • DTC Inc
    $50.00
  • Kim Granato
    $50.00
  • Gwen Feole
    $40.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $40.00
  • Jerrold Dorfman
    $36.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $30.00
  • Whelan School
    $30.00
  • Bruce Wilks
    $25.00
  • Justin Strothoff
    $25.00
  • David Gill
    $25.00
  • Judith Ventura Enright
    $25.00
  • Michael Tamborelli
    $25.00
  • Anita Porter
    $25.00
  • Michaela Paiva
    $25.00
  • Mark Jaquith
    $25.00
  • Tammy Anderson
    $25.00
  • Rachel Acevedo
    $25.00
  • William Poore
    $25.00
  • Susan Massemini
    $25.00
  • Tim Lafferty
    $25.00
  • Tami Schult
    $25.00
  • Karli Blossom
    $25.00
  • Whelan School
    $22.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $21.00
  • Jackie Langelier
    $20.00
  • Whelan School
    $20.00
  • Kathryn Guimond
    $20.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $20.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $20.00
  • Bernadette Andrews
    $20.00
  • Erick Rodriguez
    $20.00
  • Vanessa Azar
    $20.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $20.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $20.00
  • Michael Hanley
    $20.00
  • greg hunt
    $20.00
  • Michael Pezza
    $20.00
  • Jackie Langelier
    $20.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $18.30
  • Gina Pellicano
    $15.00
  • Scott Kwarta
    $10.00
  • Whelan School
    $10.00
  • Whelan School
    $10.00
  • Whelan School
    $10.00
  • Whelan School
    $10.00
  • Linda & David Buehne
    $10.00
  • Anonymous
    $10.00
  • Stephen Sousa
    $10.00
  • Whelan School
    $5.00
  • Unspecified Donor
    $5.00
  • Whelan School
    $5.00
  • Stephanie Pitassi
     
  • Richard Leduc
     
  • Jerry D'Ambra Jr
     
  • jennifer mangiarelli
     
  • Marie Phillips
     
  • James Lopes
     
  • Ricardo Graca
     
  • paula pavao
     
  • Nancy Seale
     
  • Peter Lamberton
     
  • Ivory Holman
     
  • Paulette Patriarca
     
  • Lori Marchessault
     
  • Lauren Pothier
     
  • Jennifer Masiello
     
  • Judith Rapoza
     
  • Kaila Davis
     
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  • deborah muldoon
     
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  • Bryan Moniz
     
  • Brad McCaffrey
     
  • cheryl adessi
     
  • Jason Sagamang
     
  • Laura Thiele
     
  • amy, sue and joshua oakle...
     
  • Susan Anzeveno
     
  • Joe, Isa and Eva Burchfie...
     
  • James DiMarzio
     
  • elizabeth theiler