I am typing this on the night before I leave from the Italian Embassy in Washington DC at 2pm. I am not as nervous as I thought I’d be. I am thinking of the fundraising, of what it can do to the research, I am hopeful that the LLS will raise, through me and many others, enough cash to significantly support research for blood cancers. The causes of leukemia remain unknown. However, there is hope in the effectiveness of recently developed treatment methods; there have been considerable advances in research which will hopefully close the gap to finding the cure to leukemia and blood-related cancers. I am also thinking of the financial struggle of many families that cannot afford health insurance. What does it mean to them? Death? Permanent traumas, isolation, affliction, rage? Those left out have to deal with struggles that no human being should ever know. The financial burden for treatment is a shameful legacy that no country should bestow upon his citizens. I hope that things will change. I am very hopeful… and I hope I am not being naive.