NGKF vice chairman Brian Waterman and developer Brad Blumenfeld will lead a team in the annual Light of the Night Walk taking place in Manhattan on September 18.
The walk – organized by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) – is part of Blood Cancer Awareness Month and commemorates the more than one million Americans affected by blood cancers every year.
Both Waterman and Blumenfeld have been touched by the heartache of the disease. Brian’s brother Stephen died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2012.
David Blumenfeld – Brad’s brother – continues to battle chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) seven years after his diagnosis.
On their web page, the team writes, “We walk in honor of David Blumenfeld who was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) seven years ago, a form of blood cancer for which, thankfully, there is a treatment to keep it in check, but not a cure. David was in great shape and perfectly healthy when out of nowhere he was suddenly and shockingly diagnosed, forever changing his life and that of his three children.
“Ground breaking research and the world renowned work of Dr. Brian Druker, has David’s CML in check and he’s back in shape and living an otherwise normal life.”
The BlumenfeldWaterman team will be among some 10,000 walkers expected to take part in Light The Night Walk, a national event that raises money for such vital research.
Participants will be walking a one mile route, starting at Christopher & West Streets and travel south along the Hudson River Park Esplanade to Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 (North Moore & West Streets).
Last year, approximately $59 million was raised through Light The Night Walks in more than 200 communities in North America – $3.9 million in New York City alone.
To learn more about Brian Waterman or to contribute to his campaign, go to http://pages.lightthenight.org/nyc/Manhattn14/teamblumenfeldwaterman
For more information about the New York walk, go to 212- 376-5141 or visit www.lightthenight.org/nyc.