Two years ago, Lyani Valle was looking forward to her last infusion of arsenic.
A form of the fabled poison, combined with pills containing a derivative of vitamin A, is the state-of-the-art treatment for her rare type of leukemia, and the therapy was working beautifully. Today her leukemia remains in complete remission.
On Aug. 11, she plans to walk 5 kilometers to raise money for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She’ll be joined at the Obliteride fundraiser by more than 130 walkers and bicyclists from Amazon, where she is a talent acquisition program manager for the Americas.
“I survived because of a research breakthrough, and it became personal once I learned what Fred Hutch did for me,” she said.