The Connecticut Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) have named Briana Gilligan-Nostrant of Shelton as an In Memory Honored Patient for its 2015 New Haven County Light The Night® Walk.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk raises funds to support blood cancer research and provide services to patients and their families. Each Light The Night Walk honors local blood cancer survivors and commemorates individuals who have lost their lives to these diseases.
The New Haven Walk will take place on Saturday October 3rd at Lighthouse Point Park, New haven, CT. Registration is now open at www.lightthenight.org/ctwhv.
Gilligan-Nostrant was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in November 2010. She began having symptoms in August as her back and legs started to hurt. At the end of September, she was tired all of the time and began to develop a cough. At first she was diagnosed with bronchitis, but when that worsened, she went to the doctor again, where they ran blood work and ordered an X-ray. Her doctor thought it was leukemia but he retested and did more extensive blood work to confirm.
With further testing, she was diagnosed with ALL. She started chemo and began responding well. She went into remission for six months and then the leukemia returned.
In Aug. 2012, she received a bone marrow transplant. The leukemia again returned in Jan. 2013. Although Briana was prepared to continue her fight again, she passed away on April 30, 2013 at the age of 24.
Briana loved spending time with her friends and family, she enjoyed photography, cooking, fitness, fashion, dancing, traveling, crafts, and art, where her favorite medium was charcoal.
She is survived by her husband, David; mom, Kathryn; dad, Frank; brothers Francis and Aidan; sister, Amanda; sister-in-law Colleen; and nieces, Charlotte and Ailish.
Light The Night is a fundraising campaign that brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors as well as those lost to the diseases. During this leisurely walk, participants carry illuminated lanterns – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to blood cancer.
Since it began in 1999, the Light The Night campaign has helped LLS invest over $1 billion in research to advance breakthrough cancer treatments that are saving lives today, according to a press release.
To learn how you can become involved call the Connecticut Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter’s Light The Night main line at 203-388-9196 or visit www.lightthenight.org/ctwhv.