Thursday, October 1, 2009 the Bachus & Schanker clan gathered together for a good cause, Light the Night. The evening started out at partner, Darin Schanker’s house for the second annual BBQ. Even though it was a bit colder than last year there was still a great turn out.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk is the nation’s night to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Walks take place in communities throughout the United States and Canada, typically in the fall. On these special nights, thousands of participants carry illuminated balloons and raise funds for vital, lifesaving research and patient services.
I must tell you that seeing all the lit balloons is quite amazing. To see the supporters, the survivors and the people walking in memory is breathtaking. I walk for more personal reasons, I had a dear friend of mine who was diagnosed at the age of 14 with Leukemia. I was working at Children’s Hospital at the time, and when I walked out from my office my dear friend was sitting in the surgery waiting room. She had tubes in her and just look stripped from all of her energy. She looked up at me and said “I have been diagnosed with Leukemia.” I remember a lump in my throat, and the feeling in my stomach.
I spent the next two months by her side watching the effects of chemotherapy as she fought for her life. It was a long road for a teenage girl. She suffered the loss of her hair, gaining and losing weight because of the chemotherapy. I remember the days that she couldn’t bear the pain of the sickness she felt. The doctors weren’t sure if she would overcome this illness. She was put on a special medicine, I don’t remember the name of it, but it was new.
On January 9, 2009, my wedding day, her status moved from being in remission to being cured. She was cured thanks to the supporters of the research to cure blood cancers. My wedding day, I celebrated so much more than being married, I celebrated a the miracle of life and the willingness for people to invest in something so important.
Light the Night is more then the balloons and festivities, it is a night to bring awareness of blood cancers and what we can do as a nation to help find a cure so maybe one day our friends, family and co-workers won’t be touched by this disease. I encourage each and everyone of you that are reading this blog to go to www.lightthenight.org and make a small donation and be a part of the team that is trying to find a cure. I thank you and everyone who has been touched by a blood cancer will thank you.
Courtney Clark aka Charity Chick