Shining A Light: Armstrong Takes Part in Light the Night Walk

(Oct. 26, 2013) On Friday, Oct. 18, Armstrong joined the Savannah community in Forsyth Park to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night walk.

“Light the Night is a special night to bring awareness to Leukemia and Lymphoma,” said Armstrong student Lesley Reams. “Armstrong and a bunch of hospitals and organizations in Savannah come together for one cause and it's great to have all the students and staff of Armstrong and all the residents of the surrounding Savannah areas come together to support one cause.”

This year, Armstrong had one of the biggest Light the Night teams that consisted of 24 different Armstrong departments, clubs and organizations. Supporters of the cause carried red balloons, cancer patients carried white and those walking in memory of a loved one lofted a gold balloon. Armstrong Housing and Residence Life in particular was working to honor the memory of a former Residence Assistant.

“Housing and Residence Life is involved because a few years ago, we had an RA that passed away from leukemia,” said Armstrong's Assistant Director and co-team captain of the Housing and Residence Life sub-team Angela Storck.

Armstrong team members were also among the survivors that night. Associate professor of nursing and Armstrong nursing team member Pamela Mahan is a Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor.

“As a nursing team, the significance of tonight is that we're all for Armstrong, and the department of nursing is gathering in the effort to support and find a cure for leukemia and lymphoma,” said Mahan. “As a survivor, it means a lot to me.”

According to senior campaign manager for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Jean Doliber, Armstrong's involvement with Light the Night started with the Health Sciences. However, she feels that more organizations began to get involved because of the personal connection they had to cancer.

“As time has gone on, more and more involvement has taken place and I think it is because everybody has been touched in some way by cancer,” said Doliber.

Armstrong has been involved in the raising of funds for Light the Night for the last ten years, and according to associate professor of nursing Marilyn O'Mallon, Armstrong's nursing team has been the number one education team for all ten years. So far, the nursing team has raised $2,370 of Armstrong's total of $14,088, an amount that is still on the rise as Armstrong continues to raise money.

“We are so appreciative of the support of the Armstrong community,” said Doliber.
Armstrong had 350 registered walkers who hit the pavement walking through downtown Savannah with balloons in hand and lights shining bright. It served as a great symbol of what can be achieved when we all come together to support one common cause.