Hockey families asked to participate in “Light The Night Walk” to fight Leukemia


By Ryan Zuke – 

A year ago, the Mannino family lost 18-year-old David, a talented hockey player for Little Caesars AAA and  Detroit Jesuit High School, to Leukemia. Now, they are aiming to help others battling the same disease.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, Team Bring It – named after David’s favorite wrestler, The Rock, and his famous slogan – will be walking in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Light The Night Walk” to raise money for cancer research and improve patient care in surrounding communities.

The walk, expected to be between one and two miles long, will begin at the Troy Plaza Center, located at 3155 W. Big Beaver road in Troy.

Team Bring It walkers will be carrying gold illuminated balloons in David’s memory. They are asking for other families in the hockey community to come and participate, and that hockey players in attendance wear their jerseys.

The walk will begin at 5 p.m. at the Troy Plaza Center. For more information or to donate online, visit the Team Bring It “Light The Night” homepage.

Donation options, as listed in the Light The Night Walk press release:

  • A donation of $25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.
  • A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
  • A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.
  • A donation of $1,000 makes possible one-on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.

Find out more information about the event by viewing this “Light The Night Walk” PDF.