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See the source image Hi, I'm Renee Thornton, co-owner of Smoothie Whirl'd.
On January 8, 2015, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma.  The tumor was wrapped around my Spleen.  Once the tumor and my spleen were removed, I was told that this particular cancer was fairly aggressive and a very strong chemotherapy treatment was the only answer.















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Four weeks after major surgery, I started chemo.  Unfortunately, I ended up in the 15% of patients who react most negatively to the chemo and the other medications that go along with the treatment.  After six months of very difficult chemotherapy, I am now in remission.  I feel blessed to be alive.

I know we can together find cures and better medicines that have less side effects for those who come after us. I never want anyone to go through what I did. I would be honored to have your support at the walk or as part of our team of donors and fundraisers.

  • Approximately every 3 minutes one person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer.

  • Approximately every 10 minutes, someone in the US dies from a blood cancer.

  • An estimated 1,185,053 people in the US are either living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma.

We are living in an extraordinary moment. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is on the brink of incredible breakthroughs that have already begun to change the lives of thousands of patients; treatments that can manage a person's condition with a daily pill, therapies that seek out cancer cells and kill them, and the use of a patient's own immune system to eradicate cancer not someday, but today.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk funds those treatments.

Please make a donation and check my website frequently to see my progress.

Thank You for your support! 


Charlie and Renée Thornton On The Air

Charlie and Renée Thornton of Smoothie Whirl'd share their battle with cancer and talk about "Light The Night Walk" that took place on November 13, 2015" on The Power of Gentle Talk, a local radio show on iHeart Radio. There are two parts to the video below:

Managing Cancer-Related Fatigue

Dr. Stephen Sylvester is the Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Director of the Cancer Related Fatigue Program at Palm Beach Atlantic University. This is an 8 week, complimentary program for Cancer survivors that are experiencing fatigue related from their disease, chemotherapy or radiation treatments. You can call Dr. Sylvester at (561) 346-1773 or contact him via email at

The Sari Center is an Integrative Cancer Care of the mind, body and spirit. Cancer symptoms and side-effects like pain, anxiety, nausea, etc. can be managed with the following services offered by the Sari Center:
  • Acupuncture
  • Counseling
  • Healing Touch
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Lymphedema Treatment
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Caregiver Services
  • Healthy Lifestyle Classes
  • Get the details...

Contact the Sari Center at (561) 578-5900 or visit The Sari Center website.

Renee Thornton with Dr. Sylvester

Renee Thornton with her volunteer exercise
 students Joe, Jessica and Ainsley.