After months of different types of chemotherapy, all providing no progress towards her cure, Elizabeth left her home in Hull and went to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland for medicine being used in a research study. On April 6th, Elizabeth received a bone marrow transplant. One of sisters, Amanda Hamblin Joyce, was the donor. Elizabeth now must spend a minimum of 90 days in and out of the hospital in Maryland, as they track her progress and hope for the best result: remission. A month into the transplant, every day Elizabeth fights for her life. While missing her home in beautiful Hull, she tries to remember what it was like to be a teacher, to go on bike rides with her family and to make every day decisions for herself that she once took for granted and now no longer has.
Throughout this crisis, however, there has been a source of enduring support and love for the Naylors. Elizabeth’s youngest sister, Susannah Hamblin, along with family friend, Jonathan Tilliss, created TEAM ELIZABETH. Hamblin and Tilliss have been raising money, in honor of Elizabeth, for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and have pledged to run 26.2 miles in San Diego on June 6th with Team in Training. Team in Training (TNT) is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) groundbreaking charity sports training program. LLS is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services.
To date, TEAM ELIZABETH has raised over $15,000 dollars and hopes to reach their goal of $20,000 dollars by the fund raising deadline of May 21st. Every person who donates $25.00 or above receives a neon green TEAM ELIZABETH Lymphoma Awareness wristband. So far, TEAM ELIZABETH has distributed more than 200 wristbands and hopes to continue to spread this symbol of hope to everyone who joins their team.
TEAM ELIZABETH is reaching out to Elizabeth’s local community in order to rally support and create a network of people who can all be inspired by and gain awareness from Elizabeth’s fight. There are so many families affected by this terrible disease, this is a chance to reach out to each other and say no to the feeling of helplessness that inevitably follows a cancer diagnosis. With your donation, you will be joining TEAM ELIZABETH and joining the fight against blood cancer.
Please visit the TEAM ELIZABETH website at: http://pages.teamintraining.org/ma/rnr10/HamblinTilliss. You can also read Elizabeth’s blog, where she updates anyone who is interested on her inspiring journey, at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/elizabethnaylor/journal.