My well-worn Lands' End canvas tote, which has been used & abused on trips to the park and the beach, is about due for a replacement.
Buy one from the new Lands' End/Leukemia & Lymphoma Society store, and 20% of your purchase will benefit LLS.
If you don't already know about the wonderful things LLS does, I urge you to visit their website. Team in Training has raised more than a billion dollars since 1988, mostly through volunteer-raised funding. In addition to giving families every opportunity needed to help them beat blood cancers, LLS has funded some of the most significant cancer research in recent years, including the development of cancer-fighting drug Gleevec, which is now being used not just for leukemia patients but also those with breast, ovarian, prostate, and brain cancers.
Dr. Brian Druker, who developed the drug, has said, “The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society recognized the opportunity with Gleevec. They were willing to take a chance on our work. Unfortunately, researchers today are basically in the same position as we were a decade ago. If anything, it's even more difficult for novel research to gain federal funding. We're more reliant than ever on private non-profits like LLS.”
If you've got time, I invite you to read about my personal connection to the cause.
I had such a wonderful experience training for a marathon and fundraising with LLS's Team in Training program last year that I'm participating again. This year, I'll be running the Savannah Rock 'n Roll Marathon on November 5th. If you'd like to hear more about why I'm running and maybe even donate to the cause, please take a moment to visit my fundraising page.
If my post-marathon haze memory serves correctly, runners are loaded down with quite a few goodies after crossing the finish - and I plan to throw them all into my new tote!