‘Stroll to the Park’ to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

On Friday at 7 p.m., the first-ever “Stroll to the Park” will take place in Fredonia. “Stroll to the Park” is part of the “Light the Night” event which is held throughout the nation every year, sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The event will also coincide with the Fredonia Farm Festival.

According to organizer Barbara Siracuse, the stroll will begin at St. Anthony’s church (66 Cushing St) parking lot and will proceed to the gazebo at the East park in downtown Fredonia. Once there, a small ceremony will be held.

Honorary Chairperson, Wendy Barone, a stage 4 non-hodgkins lymphoma survivor, will share her story of a bone marrow transplant and receiving a new ‘birthday’.

A $10 registration/donation fee will be accepted at the parking lot. Supporters and caregivers are encouraged to wear red, while survivors are asked to wear white.

Sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Light the Night’s primary goal is to put an end to all blood cancers. LLS has an important mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkins-disease, and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and educations and patient services.

Siracuse, who is a leukemia survivor as well said, “With the help of our local community, I am hoping to bring awareness to this insidious disease, and help put an end to all blood cancer.”

A three-year survivor, Siracuse felt compelled to become involved after being declared cancer-free this past June. “I just felt the need to raise awareness, and not let blood cancer take one more step.” she said.

Donations can also be mailed to 78 Orchard St., Fredonia, NY, 14063 c/o Barbara Siracuse, with checks made out to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.