Now in his 16th month of treatment for leukemia, 10-year-old Richmond Hill resident Dylan Moore has some celebrating to do.
Not only is he back in school two days a week and halfway through his chemotherapy treatments after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in October 2010, Dylan was also recently chosen to be the honored hero at the 2012 Light the Night Walk in Savannah.
“We were very excited and honored and I said ‘well he’s already my hero, we might as well make him the honored hero,’” his mother Nancy Moore said.
The walk, held annually in communities across the country by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, helps raise money for research and awareness of blood cancers.
Nancy Moore said not only is their family excited, but Dylan also is excited about his selection to be the honored hero at the event. And he will celebrate his 11th birthday the day before the event.
“I think he likes the fact it helps other people to see how well he’s done,” she said. “He is more apt to want to do stuff and be a part of things now, which is good.”
Light the Night Walk Savannah Campaign Manager Jean Doliber said the Savannah chapter each year chooses an honored hero and a remembered hero to recognize.
“Not everybody that participates is connected to someone with blood cancer, so we do that so there is a connection there,” Doliber said.
This year’s walk, which will start in Forsyth Park and wind through the streets and squares of downtown Savannah, will be Oct. 12. For more information about the Light the Night Walk Savannah or other locations in Georgia, visit www.lightthenight.org/ga.
Read more in the May 5 edition of the News.