Friday, March 4, 2016

Dallas Light The Night Memorial Hero: Doug Campbell

Doug Campbell's remarkable life is honored at the 2015 Light
The Night Walk with a gold ribbon at the LLS Mission Tent
The Dallas 2016 Light The Night Memorial Hero is a North Texas man who led a remarkable life despite living in the shadow of an incurable blood cancer.  Doug's story continues to inspire and motivate the people who had the chance to hear him share his struggle and his joy for life in person.  This past September, Douglas M. Campbell, Ph.D., age 52, lost his 15-year battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Doug was many things - a repeat Team In Training athlete, Light The Night participant, Mission Task Force co-chair, cancer advocate, inspiring honored hero, champion volunteer, scientist and friend,  but the role he was most proud of was that of a loving husband and father to his three beautiful girls.  He often cited his family as his motivation to not only fight to survive his disease and its side effects, but to live life to its fullest. He noted his top goals were to see his daughters graduate from high school, then college, one day walk them down the aisle and maybe even meet his grandchildren.  He did see his oldest daughter graduate and go on to study chemistry like her dad. Unfortunately, he passed away just shy of seeing his second child graduate this year and will most certainly be there in spirit for the many future milestones his girls will reach.

His wife, Stacey, and their three daughters are continuing what their family began when Doug was first diagnosed in 2000.  They are steadfast in their dedication to helping fulfill the LLS vision of a world without blood cancers and registered their Walkers for Hope team for the 2016 Light The Night Walk, the family’s 16th consecutive Light the Night Walk, setting a goal of raising $100,000 in Doug's memory.

The $100,000 fundraising goal is significant to the Campbell family because that will allow them to name a LLS research grant in Doug's honor. “The cure is out there. As a gifted chemist, Doug was always about the research and the science. It seems only fitting to set this goal to memorialize Doug Campbell's intellect, courage, strength and pure will to live life well every day of his 15- year battle. Our hope is to get us one step closer to saving another daddy from leaving his girls too soon.” shares Stacey.

We are honored to have Doug Campbell serve as the 2016 Memorial Hero for the Dallas Mega Walk. We could not think of a more deserving representative for the work still to be done.  Inspired by Doug's story?  You can register to participate in the upcoming Walks by registering at

1 comment:

  1. I worked with Doug for 15 years. I doubt that I will ever meet anyone as smart, determined, and generous as him. RIP my friend. You are greatly missed.