Alex One Day After DiagnosisJuly 23, 2004

Our beautiful daughter Alexandra, who is now 6 years old, was diagnosed on November 10, 1998 with AML Leukemia (subtype M1) at the age of 10 months. Over the past six years Alex has gone through two Cord Blood Transplants, multiple rounds of chemo, targeted radiation, Total Body Irradiation, Inter-cranial radiation, experimental chemo, etc... She is now 1 year post-2nd transplant and is doing well.

This year we are participating in the Light The Night Walk for the first time. More specifically Alex is healthy enough this year to participate in the Light The Night Walk for the first time!

Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's nationwide evening walk to raise awareness and funds to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.Alex Today (June 2004)

We are participating in the Walk in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people, including Alex of course, are the real heroes and we need your support to help accelerate cures and hope for patients and their families. Although research is responsible for increasing survival rates for these diseases, the battle is far from over. Did you know that:

Every five minutes, someone in this country is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every nine minutes, someone dies.

Leukemia is the leading cause of disease-related death among children under age 15.

Lymphomas are the most common blood cancers.

The myeloma survival rate is only 30 percent.

Please make a donation to support our participation in the Light The Night Walk. By doing so, we’ll both be helping save lives. I hope you'll visit our web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see our progress. Thanks for your support!

-- Todd, Andrea, Alex & Nick Martini

P.S. If you want to learn more about Alex's 6 year fight against Leukemia, please visit Alex's Place