The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society teams up with Stater Bros. Charities

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is teaming up once again with Stater Bros. Charities for the sixth year of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light The Night” fundraising campaign to raise awareness and funds for Leukemia, Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Myeloma and Myelodysplastic Syndromes.

Last year, “Light The Night” raised $364,194 by selling $1 paper balloons at the registers in all Stater Bros. Supermarkets throughout Southern California.  The campaign has raised over $1.5 million for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since it’s launch in 2008.   This year’s campaign will run from June 5th to June 25th  and is expected, once again, to make a big impact on the support for programs and services administered by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  The funds raised during the campaign directly benefit the Southern California community in the form of educational programs, family support groups and informational sessions for healthcare professionals to discuss the disease and ways to find a cure.

“The Stater Bros. ‘Family’ has a long history of giving back to our friends and neighbors in the communities we are privileged to serve,” stated Jack H. Brown, Chairman and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets.  “We are especially pleased to be able to host this very successful paper balloon program in all our stores.”

“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is extremely grateful to Stater Bros., its employees and customers who are helping to make a difference in the lives of so many patients and their families through this initiative,” said John Walter, LLS President and CEO.  “Stater Bros. has raised more than $1.5 million since they started participating in the paper balloon icon program, and that incredible effort is going a long way toward helping LLS advance its mission.”

This year’s campaign will feature local patients/survivors whose inspiring stories will be on display at Stater Bros. Supermarkets.  Customers will get to know the following featured heroes:

Kimie Metcalf, 7 years old, of San Bernardino County was diagnosed with a rare subtype of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) called AF4/MLL at 4 years old. Within the first month of treatment, Kimie went into remission. She will continue on her treatment and maintenance routine for the next year and a half and then stop all treatment.

Maraya Perez, 2 years old, of Riverside County was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at just five months old. She has had five different central lines, many lumbar punctures and bone marrow tests. Maraya is now in her maintenance phase of treatment and her last day of treatment will be on October 17, 2013.

Noah Wehner, 12 years old, of Orange County was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) when he was three and a half years old.  He underwent 13 months of intense chemotherapy and endured two more years of maintenance chemotherapy.  He is now in 6th grade and continues to remain in remission.

Gavin Wolfrank, 7 years old, of Los Angeles County was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) at just seven months old.  Gavin went through three and a half years of chemotherapy and after relapsing he underwent a bone marrow transplant and is now cancer free.

Ashe Valadez, 5 years old, of San Diego County was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) a year ago.  That day marked the first 29 days spent undergoing chemotherapy.  He left the hospital in remission but has three and half years of chemotherapy ahead of him.

Ryan Wilson, 5 years old, of Kern County was diagnosed with Philadelphia chromosome acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) when he was 17 months old. This form of leukemia is very rare and very aggressive.  Ryan was able to receive a bone marrow transplant from his twin sister, Lauren.  Ryan just celebrated his four-year remission anniversary and is currently doing great.

Through research and educational programs, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is helping find ways to help children like the featured heroes listed above.

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