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Welcome to the Brave Warrior's homepage for the Light The Night Walk
Sep 16, 2010

Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's evening walk and fundraising event. It is the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lost.

On November 4th, at 7:30pm at the Jacksonville Landing, our team, the Brave Warrior's, will be walking in honor of Dusty Williams and Eddie Hastings.

Dusty’s Story

On Friday July 16, 2010 Jeff and Dusty Williams welcomed a beautiful daughter, London, into the world. As part of the routine blood work that the doctors performed at the time of admission, it was determined that Dusty's blood platelets were low, and after further tests Dusty was diagnosed with Leukemia (AML type M1). Dusty completed a first round of chemotherapy only to learn that her Leukemia was resistant to the treatment. She recently completed a second round of chemo as part of a clinical trial at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and is now in remission. During this time, Jeff's mom & dad, and several of Dusty's girlfriends are helping to care for London. On August 26, 2010, Dusty and Jeff received the wonderful news that Dusty’s sister, Taylor, is a bone marrow donor match. On September 2nd, Dusty and Jeff received the final results from Dusty’s second round of chemo which confirmed she is in remission. Between September 8th and 13th, Taylor was in Jacksonville to donate her bone marrow, and the harvest was successful. Dusty is currently preparing for her bone marrow transplant. During Dusty’s first days in the hospital, she learned the meaning of her first name and it gave her encouragement during her first week of chemo. The name Dustin means Brave Warrior; a fighter. Our team is named in her honor as we walk for Dusty, Eddie and all Leukemia patients, survivors and their families.

Eddie’s Story

In mid-July as Eddie Hastings was preparing for his mission trip to Thailand (to work with orphanages through the wonderful ministry Asia's Hope), he was not feeling well so he went to his primary doctor. They thought he had a virus and was given meds. Just before leaving Eddie and his wife, Kelley, got the blood work results and he was slightly anemic. When he returned from his mission trip, he was still tired but thought it was just jetlag. Kelley encouraged Eddie to see his doctor. Additional blood work came back indicating his anemia was now mild/moderate despite the extra iron. An appointment was made to see a hematologist/oncologist and that was when Eddie and Kelley were informed that Eddie’s hemoglobin level had dropped again and now he had moderate anemia. So a bone marrow biopsy was scheduled for the following week. Before they could get to that appointment, Eddie grew very weak and was taken to the emergency room; ending up spending two nights while numerous tests were performed, including a bone marrow biopsy. The results came in on a Thursday, first a possible APL, to probable CMML and now to a definite AML. As a friend said to Kelley, "Just think of it as one more day closer to remission!" Eddie began is chemo treatment at Mayo only a few doors down from Dusty on September, 3rd, completing the last of the treatment on September 8th. Eddie is now preparing for his bone marrow biopsy and everyone is praying and hopeful that the chemo will have done it's job and also that he will soon find a bone marrow match.

Please support us as we walk for Dusty and Eddie in the Light The Night Walk and help save lives by either donating or participating in the walk by joining our team. Be sure to check our Web site frequently to see our progress, and thanks for your support!

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) funds lifesaving research that has contributed to major advances in the treatment of blood cancers and treatments for other types of cancer, such as chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. New targeted therapies that kill cancer cells without harming normal tissue are providing drugs and procedures that are improving quality of life.

In fact, in 2009 alone, LLS researchers were conducting more than 90 clinical trials, a critical step in the development of new treatments and cures that will help patients live better, longer lives.

  • A donation of $25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.
  • A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
  • A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.
  • A donation of $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.

Team Name Subteam Walk Site Date Team Captain City/State  
Brave Warriors   The Jacksonville Landing 11/04/10 Christina Barnes Jacksonville, FL  

Supporter Comments

    "Thank you for showing us God's love through your sufferings. "

    John & Carol Sittema

    Wed Sep 22 09:01:22 EDT 2010

Team Fundraising Total

Goal: $2,500.00
182 %
Donations: $4,543.35

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