The Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA program was recently honored at the annual Light the Night Soirée at the Grand Ballroom of the 3 West Club in Manhattan. We were thrilled to be presented with the Manhattan Mission Award in recognition of raising over $13,600 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and for participating in the Light the Night walk. Program Director Susan Cappelmann accepted the award on behalf of the program. Professors and many students from the class of 2016 and 2017 joined together to celebrate with cancer survivors and their friends and families. Together, the New York area came together to raise over $3.7 million dollars this year for the fight against cancer. Survivors shared their moving stories and explained how this money goes not only to cancer research, but also personally helps the patients with medical bills, hospital stays, and travel expenses for their medical care.
It was an emotional night for many in the room, as many survivors and fundraising teams were honored for their ongoing support of this organization. One speaker, a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, shared her battle with cancer and stated, “This isn’t just my story, it’s all of our stories.” As a program, we are humbled to be a part of this story, and we look forward to participating again next year.