The Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has named Christina Palmieri of New Rochelle an Honored Patient for its 2013 Westchester Light The Night® Walk. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk raises funds to support blood cancer research and provide services to patients and their families. Each Light The Night Walk honors local blood cancer survivors and commemorates individuals who have lost their lives to these diseases. The Westchester County Walk will take place on Saturday, November 2nd at Playland Amusement Park in Rye, NY. Registration is now open at www.lightthenight.org/wch.
Christina Palmieri was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma when she was 21. She first noticed a lump on her neck in August 2012. At first, she took the lump very lightly and thought that it came about as a result of lifting weights that were too heavy for her at the gym. Her mother urged her to see a doctor right away. From the beginning, Christina’s nurse practitioner realized the seriousness of the situation. Christina was sent first for an x-ray; then to an oncologist who sent her for a CT scan which was hard to read; and then for a fine-needle biopsy which came back negative. A month after initially noticing her lump, she went for an incisional biopsy to reconfirm the initial findings. This time, however, the results came back positive for the disease. Christina began ABVD chemotherapy at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and went every other week for treatment for six months. Her last treatment was successfully completed on February 28, 2013. She is expected to achieve full remission and recovery.
Christina and her family first became involved with Light The Night in 2012 when they formed a Westchester walk team, Christina’s Crusaders. In just a few short weeks, the team recruited almost 100 walkers and raised nearly $30,000.
The Light The Night Walk is a powerful and unique fundraising campaign of LLS, which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the disease, and shines a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Through Light The Night, anyone big, small, young and old can have maximum impact on the LLS mission to find cures and improve the quality of life for blood cancer patients and their families. As there is no means of preventing or early screening for blood cancer, Light The Night is helping LLS bring light to the dark world of cancer. Since it began in 1999, this national program of more than 200 walks across North America each fall has helped LLS invest more than $875 million in research to advance breakthrough cancer treatments that are saving lives today.
Last year, the three Westchester/Hudson Valley Walks in Westchester, Rockland, and Orange Counties included more than 7,000 walkers who collectively raised $857,000. Those interested in registering or volunteering for the 2013 Walks can visit www.lightthenight.org/wch or call 914.821.8362.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. www.lls.org.