Let’s Light the Night for Leukemia

September 18, 2018

Light the Night is an annual 2.5-mile lantern-lit walk organized by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), and Carrington is getting involved in the walk taking place on Oct. 6, 2018, in Indianapolis. The event's goals are to bring communities together to support those impacted by blood-related cancer, and to raise money for research and cures.

We hope to have 100 people from the Carrington family join the walk – this includes spouses, children, and friends. In the days leading up to the October walk, expect to see FUNdraising events like bake sales, penny wars, fitness classes, silent auctions, and more. Contact committee co-captains Melissa Smith or Latoya Allen-Davis if you have any fundraising ideas, or would like to volunteer.

As a member of the Board of Trustees for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rob Petruska (pictured below), VP, Retail Lending, for Carrington Mortgage Services in our Westfield location, has coordinated Carrington involvement for the past two years. Rob's connection with Light the Night is very personal.

“At the age of 17, my son Ross was diagnosed with large T-cell lymphoma just before his senior year in high school," says Rob. “After nine rounds of chemo, and after losing his hair, Ross was in remission − and he still is today."

Ross has since graduated from Ball State University, and currently is applying to graduate school to become a physical therapist.

Rob says his family was fortunate to be able to get Ross treated at Riley Children's Health, one of the top 10 sites in the United States for pediatric health research. After Ross' chemo, Rob says he asked two family friends who had lost their son how he could get more involved to help beat blood cancer. They referred him to LLS, and he scheduled an interview to see about serving on the Board of Trustees.

“I became a board member in late 2016, and still sit on the board today," says Rob.

During his time serving on the LLS board, Rob was asked to assist with some of the main fundraising initiatives LLS sponsors every year. Light the Night immediately attracted his interest because it's a family friendly event open to all ages. Fundraising events like Light the Night provide critical support to cancer patients like Rob's son.

“Because of successful events last year, 536 Indiana patients and families received $1.1 million in co-pay assistance," says Rob.

Anyone can help LLS support their mission through school fundraising programs, an annual fundraising competition that crowns the nationwide Man and Woman of the Year program, patient support services, and mission awareness activities.

The Indianapolis walk takes place on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Historic Military Park. Ready to sign up? Even if you're not in Westfield, you can always donate to the cause. Register or donate here.