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Thursday, June 16, 2011


Please read through the whole post. This is a killer and people should be aware of it. Ignorance is no longer bliss. We need a cure! Support a great cause. For anyone who sends me pics of their light on 8/17 will receive a prize. Totes, books, travel mugs & more up for grabs!

Gardner's Syndrome/familial adenomatous polyposis is a chronic, incredibly painful and terminal disease that approximately 200,000 American men, women and children endure without hope for a cure, and Americans are not the only ones affected—it hits every age group, ethnicity, and country on the planet. There is little to no research being done, little medical knowledge to help the doctors who deal with it (I was told by a doctor that all he knew of it came from ONE paragraph from one of his medical textbooks that he more or less memorized to pass an exam while in med school), and often, by the time the diagnosis is made, the damage done is far too extensive to hope for much quality of life.

Worse still, the average life span for anyone is 35-40 (meaning age at time of death, not how long you have after diagnosis); far too frequently, however, children and teenagers are struck down before they can ever have anything resembling a life.

There are no celebrities to help publicize the need for help or to educate the public, nor are there organizations offering support and help to those who suffer it, or for their families; medical poverty is the norm, along with guesswork from medical teams and abandonment by families, spouses, and friends.

It's more than time for a change, it's time for action. On August 17, 2011, we are asking that everyone who reads these words join us in lighting the darkness of ignorance by making luminarias and lining their driveways, walkways, porches and/or any path that leads to their front door. 

Let the world know there is a danger, a nightmare no one knows about, and share hope with those who have little by lighting their darkness.

I'll be lighting the first one, and on it will be written my husband's name and the date of his death on one side, and on the other, LIGHT THE NIGHT FOR GARDNER'S SYNDROME.

Please email this to everyone you know; forward it, post it on a blog, print it up and put it on bulletin boards….but share it. Don't let one more person die because the night stayed dark.


  1. so what is it? What does it do?

  2. Sorry for the delay in responding to you. Deadline keep me from the fun stuff.

    GS is deadly and needs to be mentioned more often. Gardner Syndrome is an autosomal dominant form of polyposis characterized by the presence of multiple polyps in the colon together with tumors outside the colon.
    It ends up effecting every organ in the body. Friends of mine are in surgery at least once a month wondering if they'll make it through the latest crisis. Scary enough it's a hereditary condition in which every diagnosed member suffers horribly. It's a vicious killer and destroys families.

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