“The growth and commitment of Armstrong Atlantic State University is such a testament to the students, faculty and staff.”

Armstrong's Bright Support Lights the Night

Armstrong rehabilitation sciences senior Alise Sullivan decided to get involved with the Light the Night Walk, an annual fundraiser in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, after watching her friend's brother struggle with cancer.

“After seeing him go through all that, I realized how important it is for research to be done to find a cure for cancer,” she said. “I really wanted to get involved.”

Alise was one of several hundred Armstrong students, faculty and staff who joined forces at Forsyth Park on October 14 for the 2011 Light the Night Walk. This year, 20 Armstrong teams raised more than $22,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, topping last year's total of $21,000 and defining the university as a leading supporter of this important cause.

Armstrong has been involved with Light the Night since 2005, when eight teams from the College of Health Professions raised approximately $7,000. This year, teams also represented the College of Liberal Arts, housing and residence life, various student clubs and organizations and dining services.

“The university has continued to grow each year and support the efforts of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in big ways,” said Jean Doliber, campaign manager for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Savannah. “The growth and commitment of Armstrong Atlantic State University is such a testament to the students, faculty and staff.”

Armstrong Assistant Professor of Nursing Marilyn O'Mallon, who serves as the university's Light the Night team captain, explains that the money raised helps make a real difference in the lives of people battling various blood cancers. “Light the Night is about helping patients and families,” she said. “We help raise funds to support research and to find a cure for cancer.”

For Katie Balcom, a junior majoring in English and professional communications, the Light the Night Walk served as a memorable opportunity to help others. Balcom, a member of Armstrong's Sailing for a Cure Team, represented the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority chapter at Armstrong and helped her team raise $7,000, more than any other team.

“Light the Night was a great experience,” she said. “I'm so glad we participated.”

  • Nearly one million Americans are living with blood cancer.
  • Every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, non-Hodgkin's disease and myeloma.
  • Every 10 minutes, someone loses their battle with this disease.
  • Leukemia is the number one cancer affecting children and young adults under the age of 20.

Source: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society