Cancer Survivor Walks in Light the Night
October 18, 2013, 1:47 am
By Lacey Evans
I'll be participating in the Light the Night
fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
on Saturday. I agreed to lead the KXL team because of women like Marissa Huddleston. She's a cancer survivor and her story is inspiring.
Marissa was diagnosed with Leukemia at 17 as a senior at Gladstone High School getting ready to graduate and become a flight attendant. After chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant from her sister, she's now cancer free. It's been five years so technically, doctors consider her cured.
Huddleston says she once thought that if cancer left her life, it would leave for good. But even though she is in college and getting married in December, her life is still surrounded by cancer. She still has friends who are undergoing treatment and she does fundraisers like these to give back.
This year, her team is called "All for Ash" in remembrance of her friend who died from cancer two years ago.