Light the Night

My friend’s husband has cancer. She has two young children and lives hundreds of miles away and things are not looking good.

When I found out over the weekend that his condition worsened I was furious. How could cancer continue to take such a toll on another family? In all honesty, I would like to stomp around like my four year-old and do that thing my five year-old does when her face turns reddish-purplish and looks like it may fly off her body because she is so mad.

There is such a helpless feeling to watching family after family be affected by this awful disease.

I cope with terrible news or devastating diagnoses by doing something. I have to or I really would stomp around and possibly, maybe, my head would fly off my shoulders from the anger.

Organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society do so much more than just help families through their endless support and research, they give the rest of us something we can DO.

They give us a purpose by offering the opportunity to participate in fundraising efforts such as the Light the Night walk.

Whether you join on your own or with your family, walking for Light the Night can be your way of fighting back.

As I constantly check for updates on my friend’s husband, I feel the helplessness bubbling to the surface and I can only imagine the way she must be feeling as she waits for more news, more results, a speck of hope.

I want to send her every last bit of strength I have and keep willing it to her until it’s a bit easier for her to stand but last I checked there was no way to pack and ship mental energy.

Instead I will use the only other tool I have: my words…

and urge you to sign up for the Light the Night walk closest to you.

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The Light the Night walk is being brought to cities around the U.S. by it’s main sponsor Burlington. Since their partnership began, Burlington has raised more than $16 million for the LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

I can’t thank them enough for the work they are doing and the opportunity they’ve given all of us to be part of the fight.


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  1. says

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friends husband. I know what you mean about feeling hopeless. So glad that there are ways we can help and feel like we are making some sort of tangible impact.

    • says

      Thank you, he passed away last week and we are all so sad. Sending lots of love to his wife and children as they continue on without him.