Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Student of the Year Candidate: Edward Vissoni

The 2nd Annual North Texas Student of the Year program boasts a strong class of high school candidates this year.  These students are currently competing in a six-week fundraising campaign to raise funds for and awareness of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  Lamar High School student Edward Vissoni is one of the candidates and introduced himself and discusses why he chose to compete in this campaign this year.

What interested you in applying for Student of the Year?
I am a survivor of stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and personally know what it's like to go through the treatment of a life-threatening disease.  It is only natural for me to want to join the fight so that some day there will be a cure.

What other organizations or extracurricular activities are you involved in?
Besides the Student of the Year campaign, I am also a member of my high school band.

What are you hoping to achieve while participating in this campaign?
I hope that through this competition I will gain experience about what it means to raise money for others and to meet people whose lives have been affected by cancer. 

Where are you planning to go to school next year?
I will be going on a church service trip as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  When I return, I hope to attend University of Texas at Arlington and major in biomedical engineering.

Favorite Quote: 
 "Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we will also be with thee: be of good courage, and do it" - Ezra 10:4

The 2017 Student of the Year Grand Finale will be held on Friday, April 7th at the Renaissance Hotel Dallas.  Tickets and tables are still available for purchase.  Click here to buy tickets and learn more about the campaign and its candidates.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Free Patient Education Event: The 3 F's of Cancer

Please make plans to join us for the FREE Patient Education Event on April 7th. 

Team Eck Factor Sets Goal at $250,000

Meet North Texas's Newest Mega Team! 

Team Eck Factor

Dave Eckberg is a hero to so many people.  He’s a hero to his wife, children, and grandchildren.  He’s a hero to his siblings and nephews and nieces.  He’s a hero to his friends and neighbors.  And he’s a hero to the many patients that he cared for over his 20+ year career as an OB/GYN.  Finally, he’s a hero to so many people involved with Team in Training and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  We consider him our Honored Hero, but he humbly declines the title and insists that we – the folks out running the miles and doing the fundraising for folks like him – are the real heroes.  He insists that we instead refer to him as our team mascot, Mascot Dave.

After 15 years of fighting his CLL, Dave has run out of chemotherapy treatment options.  He’s been treated and gone into remission many times over the years, but his disease has always come back.  So now he’s getting a bone marrow/stem cell transplant – a risky and challenging procedure.  

In honor of Mascot Dave’s journey, Team Ecks Factor has been formed.  They are a group of friends, family, and TNT teammates (who have become dear friends and family) working together to raise money for LLS - money that will be used to fund research into new treatments and, hopefully very soon, cures!   

Dave's family was first involved with LLS over 10 years ago when they participated in the Fort Worth Light The Night walk in 2007. It seems fitting that a decade later they use the same name for their greatly expanded team! 

Dave checked into M.D.Anderson Cancer Hospital back in February in preparation for his bone marrow transplant. During his hospital stay he had to walk every day. His TNT friend, Megan Rouse, came up with the idea of him actually completing a half marathon around the nurses station.  Dave said "I will be completing laps around the nurses pod and each is .2 miles.  The nurses hand out stickers for each lap so I can keep track."

Before he was discharged he completed his virtual half marathon! 
You can read more of Mascot Dave's story on his personal blog here

We know that Mascot Dave has touched so many people over the years. Anyone can join Team Ecks Factor and help them reach their goal of $250,000!  

Register for an event today.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Student of the Year Candidate: Hayley Gross

The 2nd Annual North Texas Student of the Year program boasts a strong class of high school candidates this year.  These students are currently competing in a six-week fundraising campaign to raise funds for and awareness of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  Lewisville senior Hayley Gross is one of the candidates and introduced herself and discusses why she chose to compete in this campaign this year.

What interested you about the Student of the Year Program?
I was interested in applying for Student of the Year because it was a great opportunity to raise money for those with cancer and to step up and be a leader in my community. 

What organizations are you currently involved in?
In addition to volunteering with LLS, I am also a member of Lewisville High School's National Honor Society, Interact Rotary Club, and Student Council. I am also the Community Service Officer for the 2016-2017 LHS HOSA (Future Healthcare Workers) Chapter. I volunteer once a week with Aspen Hospice to visit hospice patients in my community, and I volunteer one Sunday a month with my church to teach the pre-K classes.

What are you hoping to achieve through your Student of the Year experience?
While participating in this campaign, I hope to achieve my goal of $8,000, but more importantly, I hope to make an impact in the lives of children and adults living with cancer with all the money and awareness I raise. 

What are you plans for next year?
I am attending Stephen F. Austin next year in Nacogdoches, Texas. I will be majoring in Nursing, and once I graduate, I hope to work in the ICU for a few years before I go back to school to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. 

What is your favorite quote?"Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."  - Joshua 1:9

The Student of the Year campaign is a six week program where high school juniors and seniors compete for scholarships and the title of North Texas Student of the Year.  The campaign will end with a Grand Finale on Friday, April 7th.  We wish all the candidates the best of luck!

Monday, March 13, 2017

You're Invited: Blood Cancer Community Social

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) invites you to attend an interactive dinner, education and networking event in honor of Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month.  The North Texas Myeloma Support Group will open the program with a mission moment form a myeloma survivor.  Then, Katie Narvarte, LMSW and survivorship navigator for Medical City/Sarah Cannon, will talk about the many faces of survivorship and how to honor your own experience.  Finally, Don Armstrong, AML survivor and motivational speaker, will share strategies he learned from his cancer journey.

Everyone is welcome to attend this complimentary event.  Survivors, caregivers, families and friends will all walk away from something from this interactive event.

Wednesday, March 15th
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

LLS North Texas Chapter - Dallas Office
8111 LBJ Fwy., Ste 425
Dallas, TX 75251

Complimentary dinner will be provided.
Registration for this FREE program is required.

Space is limited!

For more information contact Seetha Modi at or (972) 996-5905.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Fort Worth Kicks Off Its Inaugural Man & Woman of the Year Campaign

Six well-known Fort Worth business and community leaders are kicking off the inaugural Man & Woman of the Year (MWOY) campaign tonight.  The event, which is a signature campaign of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), is a ten week fundraising blitz among business and civic leaders in the Fort Worth community.  Each candidate competes for donations and the candidate with the most is revealed during the Grand Finale Gala and named the Man and the Woman of the Year.  The candidates and their campaign teams will launch the 10-week fundraising blitz at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House on Thursday, March 9th at 5:00 p.m.  

The 2017 candidates represent a diverse group of industries and connections to the LLS mission.

Michael Crain
Briggs Freemen, Agent

Britton Douglas
Trinity Infrastructure Associate Counsel

Dr. Ken Heym
Cook Children’s Hospital, Medical Director, Oncology Program

Sheila Jackson
Principle Transport Group & JA Jackson Construction, CEO

Amy Novacek

Erin Wilde
92.1 HANK FM, DJ

Gina Cook, General Manager for Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in Dallas, resides with her husband, Doug Cook, in Fort Worth, and is the chair of the inaugural event.  She was a 2015 Woman of the Year candidate in Dallas.

The candidates will be raising money in honor of two young Fort Worth Honored Heroes.  Jaden Lowry is the Boy of the Year and Katie Thomson is the Girl of the Year.  Both are currently in the maintenance phase of their treatment regimen for acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL).  ALL is the number one cancer killer of children under 18 years old.  

The campaign will begin and end with two elegant events: the kickoff celebration on Thursday, March 9th at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, and the Grand Finale Gala, which will be held on Saturday, May 20th at the Fort Worth Convention Center in the main ballroom. 

The Fort Worth MWOY campaign will run in addition to the Dallas campaign.  2017 marks the third year Dallas has hosted this campaign.  During its brief history, the Dallas MWOY campaign has raised more than $900,000.  

We wish all of the candidates the best of luck!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Same Cause, New Experience

We are excited to extend a personal invitation to you and your family to join us at our 2017 North Texas Light The Night events.

This year we have enhanced our Walk events by incorporating captivating moments throughout the night including a powerful survivor ceremony, a peaceful and emotional remembrance pavilion and a grand finale firework show!

Survivors celebrate by carrying white lanterns and taking part in an inspiring survivor ceremony within the survivor circle while the white beam of hope reaches up to the sky illuminating the darkness.  
Supporters participate in the walk with their families and friends, in celebration of survivors and the strides we are making to find cures.  
Those we have lost are honored at the Remembrance Pavilion where family, friends, and co-workers can leave tributes to their loved ones. 

Please consider becoming involved by forming a Walk team or by simply attending the events.  When we walk, cancer runs. 

Mark your calendars for November 5th for our Fort Worth Walk and November 11th for our Dallas Walk. 

More details about Light The Night can be found at