Light the Night

Forty-three Light the Night participants also signed up to be included on the National Marrow Donor Program registry.

A parade of supporters wearing twinkling lights marched Werner Park the evening of Oct. 17 in honor of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center served as this year’s Platinum Sponsor for the Light the Night Walk. In total, the team contributed $9,827 which will help to fund therapies and treatment advances for blood cancer patients.

Sue Schreiner, manager Fiscal Outcomes and Operations Cancer Services and Light the Night Walk team captain, was pleased with the turnout.

“It was fun to see enterprise-wide participation,” Schreiner says. “Working with our cancer population, I see the impact organizations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society have on patients and their families. I am just happy so many came out to support our team.”

The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center team was joined by Decreasing the Donor Deficit (DDD), a UNMC student organization. Volunteers assisted potential donors with DNA swabs and paperwork which is then sent to the National Marrow Donor Program, Be the Match. With their efforts, 43 new people were added to the national registry.

“I am thrilled to say we exceeded our registration goals,” says Ali McCabe, DDD president. “Light the Night Walk was a great opportunity for us to reach out to the community and spread the word about the importance of donor registration.”