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Sep 21, 2013
Light The Night is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual fundraising walk to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Hundreds of thousands of participants raise funds for lifesaving research and patient services.
For more than 60 years, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has been solely focused on people with blood cancers. Presently, LLS has more than $250 million committed to research across the United States and in ten other countries.
And LLS funded advances are helping patients beyond those for whom they were originally developed, including people with solid tumors and auto-immune diseases. In the past decade, nearly 50% (19 out of 39) of the cancer drugs approved by the FDA were approved as treatments for blood cancer patients. Twelve are already approved for people beyond those for whom they were first developed. With your help, we are saving lives.
Since 2007, Team "For Pete's Sake" has participated in Philadelphia's Light the Night Walk. We have raised over $30,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!! We walk each year in honor of my husband, Pete. Pete was diagnosed with leukemia in April 2005, just a month before his 30th birthday. Pete underwent nearly a year of chemotherapy and radiation treatments in an attempt to get his disease into remission so that he could receive a stem cell transplant, his only cure. Pete traveled from Philadelphia to Hackensack, NJ to Houston, TX to receive various treatments and participate in new clinical trials. Unfortunately, Pete's disease proved to be extremely aggressive. Treatment after treatment failed, and Pete's leukemia continually relapsed. Eventually, Pete's doctors shared that they had exhausted all options. He was given the choice of hospice care or proceeding with the transplant, although with active disease Pete's chances of surviving the transplant (much less it being a success) were less than 2%. Pete's response? "Well, somebody has to be that 2%."
Pete chose to continue fighting and underwent his stem cell transplant on May 19, 2006.
Pete survived and today is considered cured of his disease. This year, Pete will participate in Light the Night as a 7-year cancer survivor!!
Join Pete this year by registering to walk with Team "For Pete's Sake" or by making a donation in Pete's honor.
Be sure to check our team website frequently to see our progress, and thanks for your support!