Every so often you hear a story that really brings home why friends are so important.
Jordan, Lisa, Natalie, Philip and Summer have endured the pain and fear of a leukemia diagnosis. Over the past few years, they've spent many days at medical centers in North Texas being transfused, put on feeding tubes, and subjected to repeated rounds of chemotherapy. Bonded by their common experiences, the children and their parents developed friendships that sustained them in the most difficult times.
The children are reaching out with their own offer of friendship. All five are serving as 2011 Light The Night Honored Patients. It's their way of extending helping hands to other youngsters and their families and showing solidarity against blood cancer. As Summer's mother says, "One just cannot understand this unless you have experienced it yourself. That is why we raise funds in hopes that one day no one has to understand."
I hope you will join us this fall by registering for an evening walk in your community. It's fun, it's meaningful. And it's a wonderful expression of friendship. Visit www.lightthenight.org to find the walk nearest you.
Always wishing you the best of health,
John E. Walter
President & CEO
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society