Thursday, April 10, 2014

Good Wishes to Our Friend and Alumnus, Vade

Special note regarding one of our alumni -

Students in the class of 2011-2012 had the pleasure of meeting Vade Donaldson. Vade came to the LL.M. Program with a great practice background, including legal services criminal defense work.  He moved here from Seattle for the Program, bringing his wife and two small children. He taught Advanced Legal Writing as an adjunct, creating an excellent criminal law practice class.

Vade's love of agricultural and food law studies was apparent. He was the perfect student to have in the LL.M. class -  engaged and well-prepared, thoughtful and inquisitive, and always, always thinking of his classmate's, student's and professor's interests.

As noted below, Vade has had a very rough year.

But with the perseverance and good attitude that is typical Vade, he has come through it.  Now, it's time for us to come through for him.  Please read the following note from him (which I asked him to write for the blog) and see if you can sponsor him in the upcoming marathon for a very great cause.

I am running a marathon on May 4 to raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).  

I was diagnosed with a rare leukemia last July following a long period of increasing fatigue during which I was increasingly unable to get things done.  Sadly, I was unable to maintain my newly formed agricultural and food law practice.

Fortunately for me and people like me, the LLS funds valuable cancer research. In my case, an entirely synthetic drug was developed 15 years ago to treat my form of leukemia.  I am in complete remission six months following chemotherapy.  I will never be “cancer free”, but if my leukemia returns, I will simply repeat chemotherapy (it’s not that simple or fun, actually).

LLS had a much more direct impact in my life, though.  Cancer, even for the well-insured, is very expensive.  LLS provides direct financial support to patients overwhelmed by the financial demands of fighting their disease.  I was a lucky recipient of one of these grants.  In addition, the LLS is a well-spring of information and knowledge.  The have a vast library of resources for patients and their families.  I can’t understate the value of this.  It means a great deal to have a credible, reliable source when confronting your own diagnosis or researching the disease of a loved one.

My marathon is in Vancouver, BC, on Sunday, May 4.  It’s hard for me to believe it will actually happen.  I lost a lot of weight through the whole process and now weigh less than I did when I was 14. I also lost a considerable amount of strength and was at the point where even running two miles was a struggle.  Today, however, I feel like a new person with energy I haven’t had in years. 

Please visit my fundraising page and consider donating to help support the fight against blood cancer! 


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