Winning on Wednesday recognized the importance of Ray Schwetz’s journey and the impact his fundraising efforts could have on countless patients facing blood cancers. They wholeheartedly embraced his cause and committed to helping him raise the necessary funds. Through their platform, Winning on Wednesday gave Ray the tools, resources, and support he needed to maximize his fundraising potential.
Ray Schwetz’s life took an unexpected turn four years ago when he received the devastating news that he had cancer. The words “You have cancer” echoed in his ears, and his world was forever changed. Ray had been diagnosed with leukemia and lymphoma, a battle that would test his strength, resilience, and outlook on life.
As he processed the news, Ray couldn’t help but wonder how his life would be if he survived. His cancer was related to his head and neck, and he pondered whether he would look the same after treatment. Thoughts of difficulties with eating and the conversations he would have with his loved ones swirled in his mind. He worried about being a good husband, father, son, and friend. Had he done enough to ensure his family’s future? Who would take care of them if he didn’t make it? Ray’s concerns extended to his professional life as well. How would his appearance affect his career in sales?
Despite these uncertainties, fear didn’t consume Ray. Instead, he embraced acceptance and focused on the well-being of those he would leave behind. Taking it one day at a time, he resolved to follow the doctors’ advice and appreciate each day and every person who crossed his path. Ray found solace in prayer, staying active, and shedding some weight. He chose to ignore discomfort and fully embrace the healing process. He took pleasure in simple things, from the fragrance of the air to the beauty of a sunset. Some might call it fighting, but Ray saw it as listening to the guidance of trusted individuals and staying committed to his journey. He knew he was fortunate to still be here when loved ones he held dear had lost their own battles. It left him pondering why he had been spared.
Ray’s cancer was contained within a tumor, not spreading into his bloodstream. If it had gone undetected for a few more weeks, his diagnosis and treatment would have taken a drastically different course. Grateful for this stroke of luck, Ray became determined to give back and make a difference in the lives of others facing blood cancers.
He became involved in fundraising for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night, the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to supporting blood cancer research, finding cures, and ensuring access to treatments. Ray was nominated to participate in the Light The Night Executive Challenge, joining a select group of Long Island executives aiming to raise as much money as possible by November 12th. His personal goal was to raise a minimum of $5,000.
Ray passionately wanted to see an end to blood cancer, and he reached out to his network for support. He implored them to contribute to his fundraising efforts, emphasizing that every donation would make a significant impact. He provided a secure online donation link and expressed his gratitude in advance for their support, which would directly benefit thousands of patients battling blood cancers.
Ray believed that his journey had given him a purpose, a calling to help others facing similar battles. With determination, compassion, and the support of his community, Ray Schwetz set out to raise funds, inspire hope, and bring the world closer to a future free from the grip of blood cancer.