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Light The Night To Honor Memory Of New Canaan Student Who Fought Leukemia

Kyle Markes of Stamford has been named an In Memory Honoree of the 2016 Fairfield County Light the Night event.
Kyle Markes of Stamford has been named an In Memory Honoree of the 2016 Fairfield County Light the Night event. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has named Kyle Markes of Stamford as an In Memory Honoree for its 2016 Fairfield County Light The Night Event.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Event raises money to support blood cancer research and provide services to patients and their families. Each Light The Night Event honors local blood cancer survivors and commemorates individuals who have lost their lives to these diseases. The Fairfield County Event will take place Saturday, Oct. 29 at Harbor Point Commons Park, Stamford.

Registration is open at www.lightthenight.org/ctwhv.

Kyle lived in Stamford and attended New Canaan Country School. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and for more than a year was extraordinarily brave until he passed away on Dec. 24, 2013, at the age of 11. Kyle was a member of Jack & Jill of America, Stamford/Norwalk chapter; First United Methodist Church Children's Choir; Stamford Football; Stamford Youth Soccer; Stamford Youth Basketball; and Go-Kart Racing School Grand-Prix.

He was known for his heartwarming personality, smile, and was called “the mayor” by his nurses at Yale. Kyle also loved music, basketball, dancing and singing. He is remembered and honored each year via the Kyle Markes Humanitarian award through The Stamford Peace Basketball Association and by Kyle's Court, a playground for students at New Canaan Country School.

Light The Night brings light to the darkness of cancer through hope, research and support for patients, families, friends, doctors, nurses, researchers, colleagues and caregivers. During this event, 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 raise more than $1 billion in research to advance breakthrough cancer treatments.

To learn how to become involved, please call the Connecticut Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter’s Light The Night at 203- 388-9196 or visit www.lightthenight.org/ctwhv.

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