Light the Night Walk

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 11, October 6, 2007

Augusta, Ga. --- A memorial in downtown Augusta as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's, Light the Night Walk, brought together people who's lives were touched by blood cancers. It was an event to honor those who survive and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives.

"Let's see, chemotherapy, needles, spinal taps," Hunter Piper said.

Just a few of the things nine-year-old Hunter Piper has been through. He was diagnosed with cancer in March 2006. Piper said it's important to attend events like the Light the Night Walk.

"To make people aware of what might happen to your kids and what certain types of cancer, all of that," Piper said.

Hunter's mother said there is a reason for everything.

"If you ask him, he'll tell you God put him on this earth to let more people know, make people aware that you never know who it's going to happen too," Cindy Piper said.

The hope of the walk is to raise awareness and money for a cure.

"It's wonderful tonight to see them out here having a good time, and forgetting about cancer but just honoring the battles they've been through and having a great time," Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Campaign Manager, Jenny Kelly said.

Lisa Shead attended the event to honor her husband who was diagnosed with Leukemia in January and just went through a bone marrow transplant. She said everyone at the event was there for the same reason, to support each other.

"There's lots of people on other teams that are going through the same thing and were all in the same boat together," Lisa Shead said.

Co-workers, family, and friends put together a team of more than 30 people to honor Shead's husband Neal. Shead said the 1.3 mile walk was emotional.

"My husband is not able to be here. He's still home, his numbers are low. But we'll carry the balloon for him," Shead said.

"What's neat about tonight is survivors carry white balloons with a blinking light inside and supporters carry a red balloon with a blinking light inside. So when you see all those hundreds of balloons going around the riverwalk right at dusk, it's really an amazing site," Kelly said.

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