PEEKSKILL, N.Y. — Marion Clark, will be walking for the second years in memory of her son, Jeffrey Clark, Jr, in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk. The Westchester County Walk will be held on Saturday, November 1st at 5PM held at Playland Amusement Park, in Rye NY. Her team, Jeffrey Lived Loved Laughed, will also be walking in honor of Brian Vinton, a 24-year-old Peekskill resident who is currently battling lymphoma.
Clark a 23-year-old Peekskill resident was the son of Jeffrey and Marion Morales Clark. He was a graduate of Peekskill High School, earned an associate degree from Borough of Manhattan Community College and was currently a student at SUNY Purchase when he passed after a three-year battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
“Jeffrey was planning on doing the walk in 2012, but he had to go back to the hospital, he was having complications from a stem cell transplant,” Marion Clark told The Daily Voice, a local town-based newspaper that serves the Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County areas. “He went in and never came out.”
Jeffrey Clark Jr was in remission, but died from complications related to battling the disease. Marion Clark is also a Hodgkin’s survivor and battled the cancer the same time her son was.
“I would get chemotherapy and see him in the hospital,” Clark told The Daily Voice. “It really hit home.”
Clark said she was helped out by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and by the Peekskill community.
“The walk is our way of all of us getting together to reminisce and keep Jeffrey’s memory alive,” Clark said.
Jeffrey was the type of person who made an impression on everybody, his mother told DV.
“He had so potential,” Clark said. “He really wanted to do his part and be more than just a cancer patient or cancer survivor. He wanted to be an advocate. He wanted to have his own talk show. He had the most beautiful 100 megawatt smile.”
The Light the Night Walk funds lifesaving research and support for people battling cancer. The Walk benefits LLS’ mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The funds raised by Light The Night participants will help advance more breakthrough therapies for blood cancer patients like targeted therapies that zero in on cancer cells and kill them. And immunotherapy that use a patients’ own immune system to kill cancer.
Light The Night participants raise an average of $240 nationally to support the fight against blood cancers. Marion Clark now a resident of Harrison is hoping to raise $10,000.
Click here to donate to Clark’s team
For more information on the Light The Night Walk or to register to walk you can visit their website or call 914-821-8362.
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