Meredith Team Supports 2010 Light the Night Walk
Beta Beta Beta and Meredith Students of AMF (Ailing Mothers and Fathers) recently organized a college team that participated in the annual Light The Night Walk for Leukemia and Lymphoma research.
This is the third year that the Meredith community participated in this event. Since 2008, the Meredith team has raised nearly $11,000 to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), in memory of Courtney Powell, daughter of Meredith faculty member Walda Powell. This year, Meredith’s 24-member team raised $2,345.
Beta Beta Beta, known as Tri-Beta, is Meredith’s honors society for biological sciences. AMF is a support group for students coping with the illness or death of a loved one, and a service group for all students to help in the fight against terminal illnesses.
Tri-Beta President Madelyn Wooten was a co-chair of this year’s Meredith team. Participating in the walk was a meaningful experience for her.
“The event is organized to celebrate the lives that have been lost to cancer and to keep encouraging those that have fought the battle against cancer,” Wooten said. “Together the teams, ranging from family supporters to large businesses, walk to take steps toward finding a cure.”
According to Wooten, cheering crowds greeted the walkers at the finish line.
“Looking around, it’s difficult to find a face without a smile,” Wooten said. “At that moment, one knows that he or she has made a difference.”
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma Hodgkin’s disease and Myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.