As the lights were dimmed on the 3rd floor of Moffitt at Memorial Hospital West, staff, families and patients lit up lanterns and held a special stroll down the halls. All gathered in support of patients who are fighting the battle against cancers like lymphoma and leukemia.
The walk is important because it brings awareness to the issues of blood disorders in patients to the community,” said Hugo Fernandez, MD, Chair and Medical Director of Moffitt Malignant Hematology and Cellular Therapy at Memorial Hospital West. “It is the fourth largest cancer as a whole in adults and we are working hard to make everybody better and we do that through awareness, fundraising, and research. Events like this bring this to light.
In support of patients who won’t otherwise be able to make this weekend’s Light the Night event in Fort Lauderdale, in support of patients around the world, in remembrance of those whom have been lost and in support of finding cures, Memorial Cancer Institute held a special Light the Night to give patients an opportunity to bring light to the darkness of cancer.
For Juliana Guevara, a leukemia survivor from Memorial Cancer Institute, it was an opportunity to bring hope for those who are living with her experience. Guevara was diagnosed with Leukemia as she reached the 23rd week of her pregnancy. She fought cancer with her family, doctors and staff alongside of her. While she was in treatment at Memorial Hospital West, it was about surviving but tonight it was about bring light, hope and faith to others as she joined her physicians, staff and family members to Light the Night for patients.
The stories of other survivors and loved ones have been a great source of inspiration and comfort,” said Guevara as she addressing patients, families and staff. “It has been incredibly inspiring to see the masses out there in support of raising awareness and funds for blood cancer research. That’s why I am participating in the Fort Lauderdale Light The Night Walk, this Saturday, with my family, supporters, nurses and oncologists.
We thank the instrumental staff of Moffitt Malignant Hematology & Cellular Therapy at Memorial Healthcare System for your support, creativity, and endless quality of patient care and for creating this special moment,” said Jessica Hershberger, Area Director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Southern Florida Chapter.