The countdown to the 2013 Leaves of Hope has begun….

23 days!  That’s right we are only 23 days away from one of the biggest celebrations of the year here at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center….our annual Leaves of Hope Run/Walk and Cancer Survivor Celebration.  Each day we are working hard to put together all the final details to make this celebration a wonderful experience for you, your family and friends.  We have received the support from so many wonderful local businesses, organizations and schools who have committed to partnering with us to help make this year’s event the best one yet! 

We are so grateful and pleased to announce that the following businesses will be there on June 2nd donating their delicious food for the day, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (Olde Town Arvada), Jimmy Johns (Lakewood), Texas Roadhouse (Arvada) and Bliss Frozen Yogurt (Arvada). 

Door prizes…everyone loves winning something!  Well we have received some great donations that will be used as door prizes from the following businesses: Arvada Apex Center, Marriott Hotels, Boondocks Fun Center, Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Pink Fog Photography, and Arvada Center for the Arts, and The Keg, just to name a few.  Plus we keep receiving more daily!

YOU MIGHT BE THE ONE PERSON TO SAVE A LIFE!  This year we are so excited the Love Hope Strength Foundation will be getting people ON THE LIST to become marrow donors.  It is a painless, simple and FREE procedure to get registered.  All you need to do is complete a registration form and sign a donor consent form.  Then you will have your cheek swabbed with a cotton-tipped swab and that’s it!  Once that is all done the company will then send the cells that were taken to a lab to be tested to determine your tissue type. Your data is then entered into the National Marrow Donor Program registry in anonymous form, so doctors can search for a donor for their patients.  How easy is that!  Please be sure to stop by the Love Hope Strength booth on June 2nd to get ON THE LIST!

The excitement doesn’t stop there though.  We have several non-profit organizations that will have booths set up on June 2nd to help educate our community.  LIVESTRONG, Breathe Easy, Bonfils Blood Bank, Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance, American Cancer Society, Jeffco Wellness Now, Cops Fighting Cancer, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Colorado Cancer Coalition and more!

Don’t forget we also have Ethan Zohn as our keynote speaker.  He will be taking part in the run/walk with cancer survivors and giving out awards.  The cheer & pom squads from both Wheat Ridge High School and Arvada West High School will also be present to cheer everyone on and offer encouragement along the route.  We have activities planned for all the children, and so much more!

As you can see we have a day full of fun, education and excitement lined up to celebrate YOU!    If you haven’t registered yet for the celebration, don’t delay, we want to see you there, so register today!