Last night, my team and I participated in our first Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It was a little hectic since it was everyone’s first time. There was probably 5 minutes of a good pouring of rain, but luckily, that was it. I don’t know why, but I’m always surprised by the amount of people who show up to support me. And I know that if my line sister’s bachelorette wasn’t the same weekend, I’d probably have 10 more people there. But, they even sent me a message and wore their team shirts while in Vegas. So sweet!
There were so many people at the walk. It was so beautiful seeing all of the lit lanterns when the sun went down. Survivors, like myself, walked with white lanterns. Those walking in support of someone, like my entire team, had red lanterns. Those walking in remembrance of someone held yellow lanterns.
The walk itself was a 2 mile loop around downtown Atlanta. I thought I could make it. But, I am so weak now. I got so tired and sick near the end. My nausea was acting up and I felt like I was going to pass out. So, we had to take a 5 minute break before actually crossing the finish line.
My team ended up raising $2,335! If you still want to donate, you can. Thank you to all of my donors and my team who was able to walk with me last night. It was amazing! I also finally got to meet Kristi, the survivor who has been my mentor throughout my entire treatment.
I really want to make this an annual event. I think it’s a great way to raise money for blood cancer research. It’s also a really touching way to actually visualize the impact that blood cancers have on everyone around you. Seeing all of those yellow lanterns light up in remembrance of someone who has lost their fight to cancer is very impactful.
Here are some pictures of my team. People were showing up at different times. So, we took 3 team pictures. Hopefully, I was able to catch everyone.