What Is Lemons For Leukemia
Best friends Chris and Dillon are setting out a goal to set a world record for the most donors added to the national bone marrow registry within a 24-hour period. To set a world record is one of the items on the bucket list of Chris Betancourt, 20, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia and given the prognosis of one year to live. Leukemia is cancer of the body's blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system. Many types of leukemia exist. Some forms of leukemia are more common in children. Other forms of leukemia occur mostly in adults. We all have some sort of thing or things we want to do before we die, right? I know I have done some of those just in my Wandering Wednesday's which is a super cool feeling! I could never imagine setting off a world record to get random people from all over the world to sign up to be a donor for your bone marrow! You would never guess how many people in the world bit into a lemon and hopefully signed up to be a donor!
Dillion, while attending college learns of his friend being diagnosis and only has a year to live and couldn't stand the fact of sitting in a boring lecture while knowing his best friend is more less, dead. I would normally say "dying" too but honestly, we're all dying currently regardless of health but more so of age, we will all die at some point. Imagine being at work, your laughing and making money and your day ends at home with some friends and you get sick the next morning. Something isn't right so you go to the ER and come to find out you have a year to live what life you have been living. That to me would be the most scariest thing on the planet! As I get older I come to realize how precious time really is. It's something that we will never get back again, it's one in a life time thing, ya know? You'll never see your nephew be born or get that thirty minutes hanging with an old friend. There was this really good movie about time being currency so instead of getting paid dollars for the hours you work you get paid time. Depending where you are in life when you bought that bikini it cost your 2000 hours of your life. Now that could be bad for some, terrible for a lot and no big deal to others. It really made you think about how precious time is and how much we make excuses for a lot of things when really, we should have sacrificed that hour of sleep to help your friend or make a simple ten minute call to a cousin. I'm guilty of this very thing so making this blog and taking on the Lemons for Leukemia Challenge meant something to me personally and I feel for Chris.
Lemons for Leukemia Challenge
These two best buddies paired together to create an online social media challenge that aimed to draw awareness for bone marrow donations and encourages others to partake by recording themselves taking a bite out of a raw lemon and publish it online challenging someone else. These dudes never ever thought that this challenge would break over quarter of a million which is a huge thing because only a bone marrow transplant treatment could potentially save Chris's life. The duo are also encouraging people to sign up to Be the Match, the national bone marrow donation registry, and hoping to set a world record by registering the most marrow donors within 24 hours. I recently seen a video that Peter Mckinnon released accepting the challenge and the thumbnail was of him smashing down on a lemon - haha! So, I had to investigate! After watching Peter's video I was super inspired and stoked to do a Wandering Wednesday on this and calling out some fellow creators in the St. Louis community.
Since I still don't have a car yet I had to improvise on what I was going to do for Wandering Wednesday, which has been really fun doing because it get's me out of my comfort zone and open to try something new. Good news, my funds from the insurance settlement to get my car fixed finally processed through so the shop where it sits will be fixing it and I should have it by the week. I'm really hoping it gets fixed because I have a lot of shoots booked and some cool events to attend, I'm super pumped for what's to come! Normally I am exploring the city in some crazy way whether that be something abandoned, something festive, followed by some places that I like to eat and ending with goodbyes however this time I decided to register to be a bone marrow donor and walk my ass to the grocery store to buy a lemon so I could bite a big chunk out of it for a good cause and to spread awareness! Thankfully the grocery store isn't a far trek but it was super cold, wet, and rainy so I did my best to beat the rain and focus on getting this video at least filmed. In my video I mentioned something about how funny it was filming and seeing the other customers just stare me down - haha! Normally, I would be nervous about it but I've been filming videos for some time now, started back in 2011 when I was introduced to Parkour and Freerunning, filming short films, and now currently vlogging. Feeling that way is totally normal in the filming process and every person who films has felt this in some way, so you're not alone! Just keep in mind, these people don't know you so who cares how they look at you. I know it can be easier said than done, but keep in mind general society don't know what you're doing and may not even understand what you're doing and that is okay, just keep going and everything will pay off.
Lemons for Leukemia Challenge VLOG
Born on September 22nd, 1986 and raised in Sullivan, Missouri