The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosted its "Light The Night Walk" Kickoff Event at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The organization will host its Light The Night Walk on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Lafreniere Park in Metairie. More information can be found here.
During the event, the LLS honored Quentin Murry, a local survivor. Murray was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2007 at the age of four. Doctors resolved that his best chance for survival was to undergo a bone marrow transplant. In December 2007 Jory, Quentin's little sister, was born- changing Quentin's prognosis. Doctors at the LSU Health and Science Center and Children's Hospital in New Orleans were able to harvest stem cells from blood from the umbilical cord and from the placenta to give Quentin the first stem cell transplant in the United States. Today Quentin is 10 years old and five years in remission.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk funds treatments that are saving the lives of patients. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocacy for life-saving treatments and the most promising cancer research anywhere.
Friends, families and co-workers form fund-raising teams, and millions of consumers help by donating at retail outlets. These efforts culminate in inspirational, memorable evening walks in nearly 200 communities each fall across North America.
Funds raised by teams and individual walkers provide: life-saving cancer research, financial assistance to cover patient expenses for transportation, medication and testing, free educational materials and events, programs such as the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection program and Family Support Groups, advocacy for better treatments and healthcare reform and comprehensive, personalized assistance through LLS's Information Resource Center.
For more information about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, go to www.lls.org.