SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - In just over a week, thousands will fill downtown Savannah for the annual Light the Night walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Many teams are holding events in advance. Two teams at an event in Pooler, one from an industry and the other from a bank, found themselves deeply and emotionally bound together.
Mary Merritt heads up Gulfstream's team. Sheri Butler is the head of the gang from Wells Fargo Bank.
Mary's boyfriend and Sheri's nephew, Byron Bright, has been in this from the start, he just couldn't make this meeting.
"He and I were talking early this year and we saw the opportunity for Light the Night so we said let's form a team," said Merritt.
They did and Byron provided a lot of motivation.
"He started out with cancer in 2005, he went into remission and then it came back last year. It came back at stage four," said Bulter.
"Everyone, in some way, has been touched by cancer. Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and every ten minutes someone loses their battle," said Jean Doliber, Light the Night Campaign.
They all now know that painfully well. They won't walk with Byron as planned. They'll be walking for Byron Bright instead. Their teammate and motivation lost his battle with Leukemia almost one month ago.
"Byron, more than anything, wanted to find a cure of course. We wish one was found before he passed but there wasn't and he would not want us to stop the fight. He wanted people to donate their bone marrow and people participating in research to find out how this cancer comes about," said Merritt.
He couldn't make this meeting and he won't make the walk, but his message carries on through family and friends steadfast in the fight for awareness and the hopeful to beat cancer.
On Thursday night at the Chick-Fil-A store off of Mall Blvd, the store on Abercorn in front of Home Depot and stores in Pooler, mention Spirit Night or LLS during your purchase and all of the proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The Light the Night walk is next Oct. 14. For more information contact Jean Doliber at 912.897.1300.