Chase Hearne: Motivated by A Mother’s Love
I know firsthand how impactful an organization like The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) can be.
Two years ago, my life was turned upside down when I received a call from a hospital in Fort Worth informing me that my mom had been admitted. Without hesitation, I jumped in my car and made the drive from Houston to be by her side. The next morning, my mom had several strokes, her vision was impaired, she had paralysis on her right side, and she couldn’t even remember my name. We learned that she was suffering from idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a rare immune deficiency disease that 1 in 1,000,000 women contract.
One minute she’s fine, the next she’s a completely different person. In a matter of hours, I had to step up to the plate and become the decision maker. After I researched her disease, we moved forward with the recommended surgery, and my mom spent 45 consecutive days in the hospital being treated. I made the trip back and forth from Dallas to Houston every chance I could. As an only child watching your mom go through that, completely changed my perspective.
When you are in a situation of that magnitude and dealing with the realities of life and death, it’s the little things that steal your hope. Looking back, I don’t remember how I paid for the gas going to and from the hospital, the $7 a day for parking during her extended stay, or submitting paperwork for our FMLA . Organizations like LLS, who help families with these additional stresses at such a fragile times are more valuable than I can even describe. You don’t know how much it means to somebody if they don’t have to worry about the extra $300 you have to spend in parking tickets. More than anything, having a support system and somebody there to talk to you who knows what’s going on, has experience, and even knows how to spell “idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura” when you Google search it. These are things that might seem small, but are truly priceless. That’s why I chose to be a captain for Gexa Energy’s Light the Night team. I know the impact my efforts will have.
Thankfully, my mother is healthy today, and I consider myself very blessed that I am able to help out others who are going through the same situation. I am thrilled to be a part of the Gexa Energy team as we work towards raising funds to help LLS continue their great work. Being a part of a company that gets behind people who are agents for change is truly invaluable. For me, I enjoy working for Gexa Energy because it’s more than a commute and a paycheck – it’s a culture.
The money raised will allow LLS to fund treatments for patients who are suffering from all forms of blood cancers. I hope that you will consider joining our efforts by visiting my fundraising page: http://pages.lightthenight.org/txg/Houston17/gexateamchasehearne
As part of Gexa’s support of LLS, Gexa has announced an electricity plan for residential customers that will directly benefit LLS. Gexa will donate up to $50 to LLS for every new residential customer who enrolls on one of the EveryDay | EveryNight® Low Price Plans using the promo code HOPE. Customers can sign up online at www.gexaenergy.com/hope/ or call (855) 639-8573 and mention promo code HOPE.