This is the APL Dumpling Gang’s second year walking in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night Walk. They started last year after team captain Jean Card, a McLean resident, was declared in remission after being diagnosed with Acute Promylocytic Leukemia in February 2011.
In 2011 they raised more than $2,700 for research in the effort to cure blood cancers. Many of the advances found in LLS-funded research have supported other cancer research as well. Chemotherapy, which is used to fight many kinds of cancer, was first researched as a treatment for childhood leukemia.
The team welcomes community support on Monday, Oct. 15 at Lost Dog Cafe in McLean. Lost Dog Cafe will be donating a portion of what they take in between 5 p.m. and closing that evening. Lost Dog is a team favorite: fantastic pizza, a huge sandwich menu, a terrific beer selection and they help support their own animal rescue. Lost Dog McLean is located at 1690A Anderson Road in McLean.
Even small donations add up to do a lot of good. Getting the word out on facebook, twitter and emailing family or friends can make an impact on awareness and total funds raised as well. For info on joining the team for the walk, email APLDumplingGang@gmail.com or visit www.LightTheNight.org.