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Meet Lily. Lily is the daughter of Larisa (Johnston & Associates' CEO) and granddaughter of Ron (Johnston & Associates' President). Lily was diagnosed with Pre-B ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia) on December 1, 2008. She was 7 and in the 2nd grade. Her doctor explained leukemia by telling her that the leukemia cells were like weeds that crowd out the good flowers in a garden. For over two years, Lily went through a regimen of daily chemotherapy and other treatments in order to kill all the weeds so that only healthy and beautiful flowers would grow in "Lily's Garden."
She successfully completed treatment on February 21, 2011.
While Lily was in treatment, she told her Mom that there should be just one pill to make kids better, and that she wanted to raise money to make that happen. She initially set a goal for $100 (remember, she was only 7 at the time), but her mom told her to go bigger than that. She then said, 'Ok, a MILLION!' Her mom gulped and said, 'Ok!'
To date we have raised over $850,000 toward Lily's goal! All of the money has gone to Lily's Garden Research Fund at Vanderbilt, which goes 100% for research to find that one pill so that children don't have to die or treat for years with long term side effects."