For Pete's Sake

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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!

Team Name Subteam Walk Site Date Team Captain City/State  
For Pete's Sake   Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eakins Oval 10/26/13 Jen Reid Philadelphia, PA  

Supporter Comments

    "Congratulations on your 7th year as a survivor!! You and Jenny are 2 strong and lucky people to have each other in your lives. Stay healthy, stay strong and stay happy! Love, Bill and Nancy"

    Nancy Sampson

    Sun Sep 08 09:08:11 EDT 2013

    "Keep well,Pete! Go Jen and Pete! LOVE YOU BOTH! Mrs. B.. "

    Mrs. B.

    Tue Sep 17 01:29:01 EDT 2013

    "Wish I could walk with you guys!! "

    Kristen Kennedy

    Sat Sep 21 04:09:09 EDT 2013

    "Supporting Pete who we remember, along with Jen, as the greeters at Camille and John's wedding. We wish you continued health and great weather for the walk! Tia and Uncle Ted"


    Sun Sep 22 05:51:23 EDT 2013

    "Keep on walking and lighting the way for more recoveries."

    The Sparano Family

    Mon Sep 30 07:00:05 EDT 2013

Team Fundraising Total

Goal: $10,000.00
72 %
Donations: $7,216.16

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We are sorry donations are no longer being accepted for this team for this event.

Thanks To

Valley Forge M.S. $150.00
Brigitte & Michael Pauza... $100.00
Christine Shaftic $100.00
Christine Shaftic $100.00
Jeanne Kahn $100.00
The Sparano Family $100.00
Kristen Kennedy $100.00
Mrs. B. $100.00
Greg & Peg Bean $75.00
Claire Ryan $50.00
Nancy Sampson $50.00
Brian Martin $25.00
Jeff Eickhoff $25.00
Carole Szyszkiewicz $20.00
Greg Garber  
Nicole Martin  
Melissa Pacitti  
Margaret Cannon  
Lucian & Camille Introcas...  
Anne Sprissler