One of the many wonderful things about teaching at Tranquil Space is the opportunity to give back, including through Second Sundays, our monthly charity class. I am especially excited to be able to teach this month for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. My friend Kate Baltren, who I’ve known for over 20 years, is trying to raise $90,000 as part of the Find Your Fight campaign. Recently, I sat down with Kate to learn more about why she is passionate about this subject.
Alison: Kate, what inspired you to join Find your Fight?
Kate: In 2005 my grandmother, Helen Wallace, was diagnosed with lymphoma and lost her battle on her 87th birthday. In 2011, that my aunt Jane was diagnosed as well. Jane is the inspiration behind the Find Your Fight campaign. She has shown incredible strength throughout her battle over the last 2 years. In addition, other close friends and extended family members including my cousin, Mike, have fought the battle and won. These stories of strength have inspired me to join LLS and support their work for a cure. When the opportunity came this year to join LLS and the Woman of the Year campaign, I couldn’t stand on the sidelines any more.
A: Tell us more about the work LLS does.
K: Today more than a million Americans are fighting a daily battle with blood cancers and every 4 minutes another person unwillingly joins the fight. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the single largest donor to blood cancer research in the nation. By raising at least $50,000, I will have an opportunity to work with LLS to choose a researcher and provide them with a grant! The Find Your Fight team was created to honor those who have battled blood cancers and to raise money that will go directly to LLS in support of its longstanding mission to find a cure and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. We will work to increase awareness about the impact of blood cancers and the cutting edge treatments that are currently being researched, as well as inspire others to join the fight to find a cure.
A: In your every day job, you are a pastry chef, which is awesome. How have your skills in the bakery helped you with this campaign?
K: We are working with the bakery where I work, Something Sweet, here in DC to host a fundraising weekend April 6 & 7. In addition, the restaurant industry has always been a very charitable group and my connections throughout the industry have very generously donated gift certificates to auction off to help with the cause!
I hope that we will see many of you on April 14 at 3:30 pm for our Second Sunday class. In addition, all of our Wednesday classes at 4:30 pm classes this month will benefit LLS. These $5 classes are taught by our new Teacher Training graduates and are a great way get involved in our karma community. To make an “in spirit” donation, or to learn more about the campaign, click here.