Happy Memorial Day Weekend – the “unofficial start of summer!” Each year, during the summer months, we start ramping up for our October Light The Night Walks. Light The Night Walk is a fundraising program for individuals, friends and family teams and corporate teams. It culminates in a celebratory evening with music, entertainment and a very special walk. When the sun goes down, the night sky lights up with red, white and gold balloons carried by walkers to honor survivors and those who have lost their battle. This moving tribute creates a beacon of hope, literally lighting the way to a cure.
Here are the three faces of inspiration for this year’s Walks:
East Bay: Emmersen “Emme” Webb
On her last day of kindergarten, Emmersen “Emme” Webb’s parents received an unexpected phone call, referring her to the Pediatric Oncology department. Soon afterward, Emme was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and underwent more than two years of chemotherapy. With the success of her treatment, Emme is now full of energy, much laughter and many smiles! She enjoys Friday Movie Night with her family, playing soccer with her friends and reading any book she gets in her hands.
North Bay: Lea Morrison
Lea Morrison was thirty-two when she and her husband decided to start a family. Following a routine blood test at her obstetrician’s office in 2006, Lea was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). She immediately began treatment, but after eighteen months of suboptimal results, she decided – with the help of doctors and family – to undergo a bone marrow transplant in 2007. Her unrelated donor was a perfect match, and she has been cancer free ever since! She is now the proud mother of a one year old son, Henry, and two gold retrievers, Kimo and Hutch.
San Francisco: Mina Brigitta Olson
Mina Brigitta Olson was only eight months old when she was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in January of 2004. Mina underwent treatment at UCSF that year, but her leukemia returned in 2005. She received a bone marrow transplant in April 2005, 10 days after her second birthday and has been cancer free ever since! Mina enjoys school, art projects, swimming, playing pretend with her brother and running barefoot in the grass on hot days.
To learn more about Light The Night or participate in the program, visit www.lightthenight.org/sf, or call Nicole at 415.625.1126.