It seems like we've had more than our fair share of bad news lately, and sometimes it's hard to remember that it doesn't take a lot to lift the spirits of someone else. That's why KOMO is proud to be the official partner of a great event happening Saturday, October 21, to brighten the lives for those battling cancer.
Anna Comstock was just four years old when she was diagnosed with cancer on January 10, 2011.
"It was a pretty aggressive one," explained her father, Sam. "Most kids will hit remission after the first cycle in the first month. And she didn't. She was diagnosed in January. She didn't hit remission until May. Because of that, we had to do some extra things most kids don't have to. She had to do extra rounds of chemo, she had to do cranial radiation. "She also had a stroke a year off treatment. She had a sizable mass taken from the right side of her brain. She had to learn to walk again and had some issues with that. But honestly, you wouldn't know any of that if you meet her today."
Anna is now 11 years old and this spring will mark five years since she beat cancer.
"That's a huge milestone," Sam said. "When they talk about survivors, because she's been off treatment for a while now, even for her, the memories fade a little bit. How much do you remember from being a kindergartner? It fades, but for us, we remember a lot of it."
Anna and her family credit a lot of their success to events that raise money and awareness. On Saturday, you will see lanterns in three different colors lighting up the Seattle Center for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual Light the Night Walk.
"Red for supporters. White for survivors. And yellow in memory of those who didn't win their battle."
For Anna, she has a specific wish for future for Light the Nights.
"I would like there to be more white lanterns and less gold lanterns," she said. "Because, the gold lanterns are in memory of."
And, she says there's really no excuse not to join the cause.
"If all the people who have cancer can have chemo, transplants and radiation, then we should be able to walk for a little bit," she said.
The money raised in this weekend's Light the Night Walk will fund life-saving treatments that families like Anna's depend on.
"It gives everyone a chance to recognize everything they've gone through to get to this point," explained Sam. "Especially this point. It's been six years now since Anna's journey with this started. You get used to it, you settle into it, it's not new or shocking, you think you're okay and these random moments will catch you and you'll see something and the tears are coming and you'll remember what you've been through and you'll remember how fortunate we are to be where we are and how much work we still have to do for everybody else."
- October 21, 2017 at Seattle Center.
- No pets.
- Registration begins at 4:30 p.m.
- Opening Ceremony begins at 6:15 p.m.
- Walk 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Closing Ceremony Laser Light Show 7:45-7:53 p.m.
- Walk is less than two miles in distance.
You can sign up to walk, or donate by clicking here.