For Immediate Release
“SpiderMable” is calling on schools across Canada to help end Leukemia
Toronto, February 2, 2017 – Mable Tooke, also known as “SpiderMable,” an 8 year old Edmonton leukemia survivor is taking her inspiring tale of fighting cancer to all schools across Canada in the spirit of World Cancer Day. In collaboration with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, SpiderMable is calling on schools across Canada to raise $100,000 by June, for the 1,000+ children diagnosed with cancer every year.
“There are 10,000 kids like me living with cancer in Canada, some of them in your school!” says SpiderMable. Nearly half of childhood cancers are leukemia and lymphoma.
“I want to raise money, so other kids can survive leukemia just like me. I want students all across Canada to be a superhero by helping to erase childhood cancers!”
Childhood cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in Canada among children under the age of 15. “Finding cures for leukemia and lymphoma can make a huge impact in our quest to erase childhood cancers,” says Shelagh Tippet-Fagyas, President of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
Michael Luchka, an English teacher at De La Salle College in Toronto sprang into action last fall when a Grade 7 student at his school shared he had lymphoma: "When the kids found out Matthew was diagnosed with cancer, there was silence. Students and their parents started asking 'what can we do?' So, I gathered a couple of teachers together and said, let's do something special for Matthew. Let's light the night and walk in Matthew's name." The school team raised over $ 3,500 for blood cancer research.
"No parent or child should go through this. We need to find a cure very soon. This walk is an example of what we can do when we join together our love, thoughts, and prayers," says Ana Berger, Matthew’s mother.
About Light The Night School Walks
A Light the Night school walk is an exciting experience that bridges physical activity, community awareness and education about leukemia and lymphoma, which account for nearly half of all childhood cancers. As part of a school walk, students wear and carry various items like glow necklaces, glow glasses, and illuminated lanterns to “light the night”. White lanterns are carried by patients and survivors, red by supporters and gold by those walking in memory of a lost loved one.
These walks can be held during the daytime inside with the lights dimmed, or in the evening on a school field or another designated location. To host a school walk or learn more visit: lightthenight.ca.
About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is the single largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancers In Canada. LLSC funds lifesaving blood cancer research across the country, and provides free information and support services to patients and caregivers. Our mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
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Toronto, ON M2J 4P8
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