Meredith Team Supports 2009 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.

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.

The walk was held October 17 at Raleigh’s Halifax Mall. This year, Meredith’s team raised $4,146.68. This does not include T-shirt proceeds, which added an additional $200.

This is the second year that the Meredith community participated in this event. In 2008, the Meredith team raised more than $4,400 to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), in memory of Courtney Powell, daughter of Meredith faculty member Walda Powell.

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.

Sara Roberson, a senior who is double majoring in biology and economics, is the president of Tri-Beta and the official team captain of Meredith’s Light the Night Walk team.

“The Light the Night Walk event had a light, fun feeling. Before the walk, there were performances, vendors and other activities set up for the whole family to enjoy,” said Roberson. “The teams that participated in this event ranged from small family teams to large corporate teams.”

Roberson called the event a great success.

“The Meredith team had approximately 45 members in attendance, making our team one of the larger teams there,” Roberson said.

Angela Deeds, a junior majoring in political science, is the co-chair of the 2009 Light the Night Walk event. She is the vice president of Meredith Students of AMF. Deeds has been an AMF member since her freshman year.

“The walk is meant to be a day to celebrate the life of those who have lost their life and not to mourn their death, and encourage and celebrate those that are still fighting” Deeds said. “Light the Night Walk celebrates and honors the strides that have been made in cancer research. LLS and AMF are here to provide comfort and support for those who are experiencing or have experienced a loved one suffering because of terminal illness. Someone cares what you are going through.”

Deeds has been affected directly because her father had Lymphoma. Her father died last winter, but because of the drugs that were provided through the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, he was given more time with his family. She is very thankful for this because he was able to walk her sister down the wedding aisle and see Deeds graduate from high school.

“The National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society provided the money that went to research,” Deeds said. “They did what was necessary for the families, not only the patients, such as sending emails, having support group forums and overall lending a helping hand.”

Date Submitted: 2009-11-30

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