Local woman turns grief into action by helping raise funds for blood cancer research

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Attacking cancer together and improving outcomes now: that’s the goal of A.C.T.I.O.N. for Jeanette, a local organization that’s raising money to fund blood cancer research.

In 2014, Adrianne Patterson lost her mother Jeanette to multiple myeloma, a rare form of blood cancer. Multiple myeloma affects less than 200,000 people a year. The cancer impacts plasma cells and bone cancer.

Patterson says she is inspired by her mother and has channeled her grief into helping others who are affected by the disease. She started off with doing garage sales and 5K races to raise money. Now, Patterson is nominated for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Woman of the Year” competition, which gave her a larger platform to tell her mother’s story and raise money.

The competition for the award is a 10-week philanthropic opportunity to raise money for blood cancer research. It is a national competition and different chapters have nominated people to raise money. Their goal is to raise as much money as possible in the 10-week period.

Patterson is currently wrapping up week seven of the competition. She has a team of seven other people who work with her, doing all kinds of things. The process is similar to that of a major campaign. Patterson and her team just finished the 50-state challenge, during which their goal was to get a donation from every state in the country. Patterson’s team won the challenge, receiving donations from 35 states.

If you’d like to help Patterson and A.C.T.I.O.N. for Jeanette, you can attend their upcoming fundraiser, the Emerald City Cabaret on June 2 at the Northland Performing Arts Center.. The evening will feature live entertainment by the Urban Jazz Coalition, XXII, a cash bar and raffle drawings. Tickets are just $50 for one person and $90 per couple. Tickets can be purchased online here. All proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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