Armstrong Helps Light the Night
On Friday, October 17, nearly 450 Armstrong students, faculty and staff members joined the Savannah community in Forsyth Park to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night walk.
“Light the Night is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” says Angela Storck, captain of Team Armstrong and the Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life at Armstrong. “This event raises money to fund both research for cures and provides patients and their family members assistance with care expenses that are not covered by insurance.”
Supporters of the cause held red lanterns, cancer survivors carried white lanterns and those walking in memory of a loved one lofted gold lanterns.
“Armstrong has lost students and staff to blood cancers. Through participation in Light the Night, we create a tradition that honors their legacies and raises money that is being put to good use today,” explains Storck. “Donations fund research that is already producing medications that can cause remission, significantly extend life, as well as provide a better quality of life for those afflicted with leukemia and lymphoma cancers.”
Outshining last year’s efforts, Armstrong’s Light the Night team consisted of 446 people making up 27 different sub-teams representing departments, clubs and organizations from all across campus.
“By far we had the largest number of registered walkers this year than in any year previous,” says Storck.
While a final total has not yet been established, Team Armstrong has thus far raised $10,158.63, making it the leading Light the Night corporate team by a landslide. The Armstrong nursing sub-team, Team Nightingale, raised more money collectively than any other Armstrong sub-team with a whopping $2,202.
“It’s all about coming together as a university and as a community to raise awareness and money for a cause that touches so many lives,” says Storck. “Armstrong is proud to play such a big role in that.”