Hollywood and Kendall, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 20, 2004–Each year, families across the nation take a step in the right direction to further the fight against blood cancers. More than 670,000 Americans are afflicted with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
To raise money for research and patient services, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sponsors The Light The Night Walk. At this annual fall event held throughout the U.S., teams of co-workers, families and friends walk together in twilight holding illuminated balloons – white for survivors and red for supporters. The walk commemorates lives touched by blood cancer – like that of Phillip Colominas.
Phillip, now 11, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of leukemia in children, at just 2 1/2 years of age. “When we first heard the diagnosis, we were devastated. I thought that my life as I knew it was over,” said Maria Colominas. “I remember thinking, “Why my son, why not me?’” From research, Maria learned that the cure rate for ALL increased from four percent in 1960 to 85 percent in 1999.
Just a few weeks after Phillip’s diagnosis, Maria saw a public service announcement on television for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. That is where her relationship with The Society began. From making donations to The Society to becoming bone marrow donors, the Colominas family is determined to make a difference in the lives of those affected with blood cancers. “When one person loses their battle with cancer, it’s one too many,” said Maria Colominas.
Maria and her family, who are celebrating Phillip’s 5th year in remission, accompanied by the announcement this past January from Phillip’s doctor that he is officially considered a survivor, will form a team to walk in this year’s Light The Night. The family looks forward to enjoying the event’s festivities, which include music, food and family activities.
Light The Night, The Society’s annual evening walk to support blood cancer research and patient services, will be held on October 2nd at Baptist Hospital in Kendall and on October 9th at Hollywood North Beach Park in Hollywood. The walk festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. for both walk sites. Individuals and teams will walk a 2-3 mile route through the community. Each walker will also raise funds to benefit The Society in conjunction with the walk. Participants who raise more than $25 will carry gently-lit balloons – white for survivors and red for supporters. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to honor loved ones by placing their names on special dedication banners.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. More than 76 percent of funds raised by The Society are used to advance its mission.
For additional information on Light The Night, or to register, contact the Southern Florida Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at (305) 937-7444 or visit http://www.lightthenight.org.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (R), based in White Plans, NY, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (R), based in White Plans, NY, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the society has provided more that $360 million for research specifically targeting blood cancers. For additional information, please contact the Society at (800) 955-4572 or visit http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org.
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