Janine and her husband, Lucas, attended the inaugural Purple Tie Affair on Saturday, January 18, 2014. It was at the Dance Museum in Saratoga and proceeds supported the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Cammarata raised awareness about young adults battling cancer while signing copies of her book What Makes Them Amazing: Inspiring Stories of Young Adults Fighting Cancer.
Posters of the young adults adorned the halls and entrances to the event. This event was organized by an incredible group of volunteers who have been involved with the LLS Team in Training (TNT) program for a number of years. Cammarata has run in the event in honor of her son, Nick, and became involved in the Purple Tie Affair through her connection with Michael Miller, one of the organizers.
Michael and Janine met through their participation in their student government when they both attended The College of Saint Rose. Michael recognized her son, Nick, when he ran during his training. Photos of children battilng cancer line the paths where member of TNT train. It's a reminder that motivates them to not give up.
The Purple Tie Affair was a huge success, not only because of attendance and money raised, but because of the camaraderie that was shared throughout the evening. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet families with children battling cancer, as well as survivors. It's great to know they don't have to travel this journey alone.