Meet Jarvis, the 2023 LLS Honored Hero
This summer, we got the incredible privilege of sitting down in San Antonio with our local directors for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Jarvis, this year’s Light the Night “National Hero”!
In the fall of 2019, life was bustling for Paula and her 4-year-old son, Jarvis. They frequented the park after school, where Jarvis was learning to ride a bike. He sometimes complained of pain in his feet and legs, but it didn’t seem too concerning. His discomfort grew, however, and by February 2020, he had a limp, fever, and stomach pains.
“It’s very hard to hear that your child has cancer… it’s very hard to see your child have to deal with the poking and the prodding.”Paula, Jarvis’ Mom
Clearly, something was very wrong, but answers were hard to find as the medical system struggled to adapt during the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, Jarvis got lab work at a pediatric urgent care and then the Children’s Emergency Room at University Hospital. A series of tests revealed that he had Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
Over two challenging years, Jarvis went from severe illness to remission. Paula and Jarvis remain grateful for the support from loved ones, church community members, healthcare providers, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which provided essential assistance.
“Light the Night is a way to raise those funds so that people like ourselves can benefit from the money that’s put into the research so that people can be cured.”Paula, Jarvis’ Mom
Now, Jarvis is in remission, but he continues to inspire others with his story and unbeatable optimism. He served as the San Antonio Honored Hero in 2022, and now he’s representing thousands of kids and adults across the country as the Light the Night National Hero for 2023.
Join the fight against blood cancers!
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society plays a pivotal role in the ongoing fight against cancer, funding groundbreaking research and financially supporting families like Jarvis’.
You can join the fight by attending the Light the Night Fundraiser in Austin on Thursday, November 2 — or you can find Light the Night events in dozens of other major cities around the US.
“Thank you again LLS, because you are always helping people, and I like people who help.”Jarvis, Light the Night National Hero 2023
Consulting for a cause
LLS has always been near and dear to CCN and its founder Andy Cox. For much of each year, CCN donates 50 cents for every hour billed. We encourage our consultants and clients to make their own matching gifts or join our team for Light the Night.
We’re also co-hosting a community fundraiser called Beer Beats Cancer on October 12, featuring local craft beers, raffles, and auctions at Hops and Thyme in Lakeway. Learn more and get your tickets today at beerbeatscancer.org!
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