Leukemia & Lym­phoma So­ci­ety’s Light The Night Walk Oct. 15

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY -

Friends, fam­i­lies, chil­dren of all ages, and co­work­ers will come to­gether Satur­day, Oct. 15, for The Leukemia & Lym­phoma So­ci­ety’s Ch­ester County Light The Night Walk® at Wil­son Farm Park in Wayne.

Light The Night is an in­spi­ra­tional and mem­o­rable evening. Dur­ing the two mile leisurely walk, par­tic­i­pants carry il­lu­mi­nated lanterns – white for sur­vivors, red for sup­port­ers, and gold in mem­ory of loved ones lost to can­cers. Thou­sands of walk­ers will form a com­mu­nity of sup­port, care, and love, bring­ing light into the dark world of can­cer.

Kris­ten Presser of Broomall will walk with her team, PressOn for Michael, made up of her friends and fam­ily in-honor of her son, Michael, who was di­ag­nosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) last Septem­ber. Michael was 7 years old at the time and died a few days af­ter his di­ag­no­sis.

“Michael was so strong that we had no idea he was as sick as he was. When pre­par­ing for his first chemo­ther­apy treat­ment, the doc­tors dis­cov­ered he was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­tracra­nial hem­or­rhag­ing,” said Presser.

The doc­tors tried to get the bleed­ing and swelling in his brain un­der con­trol. How­ever, it be­came clear that Michel was not re­spond­ing. Presser said good bye to her beloved Michel know­ing that he was sur­rounded by love and those who loved him the most.

“It is im­por­tant to raise money for LLS in the hope that we can save other fam­i­lies from hav­ing to go through the pain that we have all en­dured,” said Presser. “Michael loved life and hav­ing fun, so he would truly en­joy all of us walk­ing to­gether.”

There is no fundrais­ing min­i­mum to par­tic­i­pate in the Light The Night, but ev­ery walker is en­cour­aged to be­come a Cham­pion For Cures by rais­ing $100 or more. Na­tion­ally, par­tic­i­pants raise an av­er­age of $250.

“Light The Night gives hope to pa­tients and their fam­i­lies and lets them know that they are not alone in their bat­tle against can­cer,” said Ellen Rubesin, LLS ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor. “It is a night to pay trib­ute to lives touched by can­cer, honor those we have lost, and cel­e­brate the lives that have been saved.”

To be­come part of Light The Night, call the East­ern Penn­syl­va­nia Chap­ter at 800-482-2873 or visit www.light­thenight.org/epa.

To learn more, visit www. LLS.org or con­tact the In­for­ma­tion Re­source Cen­ter at 800-955-4572, Mon­day through Fri­day, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Open­ing cer­e­mony from the 2015 Ch­ester County Light The Night Walk at Wil­son Farm Park in Wayne.

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