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On Living: Why I’m Walking in Light The Night

On September 6, 2016, I shared my story as a Leukemia survivor with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) to support the “Light The Night” Toronto event. I’m honored to be the co-chair of Light The Night Toronto, an event sponsored by LLSC to help raise funds for research and promote how the organization is advancing research and saving lives.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

“Being surrounded by family and the people at OpenText who are passionate about what they do and are genuinely concerned for each other’s wellbeing was a source of strength for me. Staying connected to my family at OpenText helped me to stay the course and keep fighting. My work gave me purpose, but my OpenText family fueled me. They gave me the energy and support I needed to fight. Even when my odds of survival dropped lower, my support network sustained me.

My treatments included many drugs that wouldn’t exist if not for innovation. One drug was derived from a fungus on Easter Island and another from sea sponges. Innovation saved my life. That’s why I support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada and events like Light The Night. The goal of LLSC is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and provide information and support to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. With our help, LLSC can continue to conduct research and come up with innovations that will eradicate cancers and diseases, saving many more lives.”

Read the full article.

Why I’m a part of Light The Night.

Learn more about my journey in my On Living talk.

Mark Barrenechea

Mark J. Barrenechea is OpenText's Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer. A prominent thought leader, he has extensive experience in information technology and his vision is to enable the digital world to help transform organizations.

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