We started fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in 2014 by launching our Single Pearl Necklaces and I am so excited to launch our newest fundraiser, the Light the Neck Necklace.
Light the Night raises funds in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The mission of LLS is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk is a wonderful fundraising event about Hope, Remembrance, and Support of lives touched by cancer. It’s an event about communities coming together as one to find cancer cures. And the Light the Night Walk is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s major fundraising event of the year. During the walk (which is held at night), Walkers carry illuminated lanterns – White for survivors, Red for supporters and Gold in memory of loved ones lost to a blood cancer. Registration is free, but walkers are encouraged to raise funds to support the mission. During the Walk, walkers carry illuminated lanterns in three colors: white lanterns are carried by survivors; red lanterns by supporters; gold lanterns are carried by those walking in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.
In honor of these colors, we are offering the Light the Neck Necklace in these colors, too. You can also choose a color simply because it resonates well with you. We are also offering this necklace in black.
I have been drawn to this fundraiser by an amazing and inspiring woman, Terri Staroska. In 2014 Terri and I met and created the fundraiser for LLS. She was an independent fundraiser then, inspired to raise money for Nashville’s woman of the year.
After being involved with the charity for a couple of years, she felt a calling to join them in finding a cure for blood cancer, and today, she is the State of Tennessee Director for the Light The Night Campaign. She continues to inspire me to give, not only to her wonderful organization which does so much but also to support a strong woman who is an advocate for so many. This is truly my work in this world, to support others and their great work.
And I am so proud that The Pearl Girls can do our part to give to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is one of the few charities who give money directly to patients to help them pay for medication, treatment, and travel costs associated with treating their cancer.
Last year, just in Tennessee:
23 patients were given $5,750 in Travel Assistance Funds. This money helps patients in our Rural Tennessee Counties with transportation costs to and from their chemotherapy treatments and doctor’s appointments.
• We were able to help patients offset the cost of expensive cancer medications by providing Tennessee patients with insurance co-pay assistance. 359 patients in Tennessee received Co-Pay Assistance totaling $1,083,334.58 and 835 patients received Financial Aid totaling $83,500.
All of this was made possible by donations and by money raised by our Light The Night Walkers.
Thank you for joining me in doing our small part for Light the Night.
Let’s Light the Neck!
I am a modern day treasure hunter who travels the world for gorgeous pearls and amazing adventures. I own a pearl jewelry and jewelry repair business, ThePearlGirls.com, with a cute retail store in Athens, GA. I also have a Pearl Travel business and travel blog at TheWorldofPearl.com.