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Lighting the Night for Leukemia and Lymphoma

Brad Green Brad Green

By: Dan Dennison

Honolulu (KHNL) - 500 people lighted the night at Hawaiian Adventures Water Park on Oahu, Saturday. With music blaring, feet moving and balloons glowing they raised tens of thousands of dollars for the fight against leukemia and lymphoma.

These balloons, some 500 of them, will light the way for people giving their time and energy to fight blood cancers. Jen McVeay of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society says, "Survivors carry white balloons and friends and family carry red balloons and it's a huge fundraiser and everyone raises as least 25 dollars."

This yearly event is one of several put on by the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. Here in Hawaii it supports and serves 250 patients on all islands. And this night five year old Payton Green is the honored walker. To look at him and to try and keep up with him and his friends, you'd never guess he's been through round after round of cancer treatments.

Brad Green, Payton's father, says, "All of a sudden he has cancer and he could die. All of a sudden our life just stopped and everything was about him."

This night it definitely is, as Payton takes a front row seat to watch boogie boarders and body surfers catch a manmade wave and squeals, "Very Cool"!

Dad Brad says, "He gets a lot of attention and he loves it. He gets treated like a king wherever we go. It's just amazing to see how much he's grown and a great kid he is and how much a little kid can go through and still enjoy life."

These walkers each raised at least $25 to help Payton and other kids. They know how inspirational and life-affirming the spirit of a child is when they're fighting a terminal or potentially deadly disease.

"He's an inspiration to everybody he meets. It just floors them to see how well he does," smiles Brad.

Payton still gets daily chemotherapy treatments, but his folks say he continues to do well. The Light the Night walk raised more than $50,000.

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