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Lighting the way: Community attends annual cancer research fundraiser


Editor’s Note: An old version of this article implied that Kathrin Isaacs’s daughter, Emilia, has since entered remission. Emilia Isaacs is currently diagnosed with b-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

By Jeffrey Heng and Juliana Yao, Staff Reporter and Co-Sports Editor

On Saturday, Oct. 7, members of the Chester County community gathered in Wilson Farm Park from 5-9 p.m. for the Chester County Light the Night event.

Light the Night is a series of fundraising campaigns hosted by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) to raise funds for LLS’ blood cancer cure research. Every year LLS holds evening walks across the nation, including one for Chester County located at Wilson Farm Park, featuring lanterns and a laser show. The walk’s purpose is to commemorate those who have or had lymphoma or leukemia, types of blood cancer, and to raise funds for LLS.

At the event, families, friends and sponsors tried on accessories offered at the stands, including light-up scrunchies and shoelaces, as well as headbands. There was also a remembrance tent for those wanting to write a displayed message in honor of a loved one lost to leukemia or lymphoma.

At 6:45 p.m., attendees assembled in front of the main stage to listen to the story of Kathrin Isaacs, whose daughter, Emilia was diagnosed with b-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2021. Additionally, speakers announced the most significant individual and corporal donations that were raised before the event. Individuals Nicole Kine and Brian Kilroy and communities such as the Cory’s Crusaders and Team Tobon contributed the most money within their respective individual and community donation categories. 

Finally, survivors and supporters lit their lanterns and began their 1 1/2-mile walk around Wilson Farm Park. Each individual marched along the path with lanterns in hand, all in support of LLS and the battle against leukemia and lymphoma.

As the participants reunited at the main venue, a laser show accompanied by music served as the end to the event.

Light the Night 10/7/23

Jeffrey Heng can be reached at [email protected].

Juliana Yao can be reached at [email protected].

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Jeffrey Heng
Jeffrey Heng, Co-Opinion Editor
Jeffrey Heng is a sophomore and Staff Reporter for The Spoke. He has written news, opinion and sports articles, as well as web and sports briefs. Beyond the newsroom, he volunteers for Make Us Visible PA, which aims to integrate AAPI studies in K-12 schools, is a board member of the Asian American Culture Club, and is a profound lover of frogs, puns and salt.
Juliana Yao
Juliana Yao, Co-Opinion Editor
Juliana Yao is a junior and the Co-Sports Editor of The Spoke. She was previously a Staff Reporter and often writes for the Sports and Opinion sections. Aside from The Spoke, she is a member of the varsity girls’ swim team. As a sports editor, she oversees the writing and journalistic process of reporters in her section.