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March 31, 2012 - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Hunt for a Cure

What: Largest Family Egg Hunt in Metro St. Louis

Where: Forest Park's Central Fields

When: March 31, 2012

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ticket Prices: Complimentary for Volunteers and Supporters

Beneficiary: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-Gateway Chapter

Executive Director: Debbie Kersting

Staff: Kelly Wahl, Marketing Coordinator; Becky Dunning, Office Manager/Bookkeeper; Meg Boyko, Patient Services Manager; Jennifer McKinney, School & Youth, Manager; Kathy Jamison, Special Events, Campaign Director; Kayla Hurley, Special Events, Campaign Coordinator; Kim Thorwegen, Special Events, Campaign Coordinator; Erin Urban, Special Events, Campaign Coordinator; Michelle Livingston, Team in Training, Campaign Coordinator; Shaunna Shaw, Team in Training, Campaign Coordinator; Rich Sloan, Team in Training, Campaign Coordinator; Rich Buckley, Team in Training, Campaign Director

Attire: Come as you are

Information: Kayla Hurley 314-878-0780

Board of Directors: TrusteeJohn Sanders, Vice Chair, Ronald T. Hofmeister, Exec/National Trustee, Debra Hollingsworth, Exec/ Secretary, Christina Macinski, Exec/ Treasurer, Dennis M. Reagan, Exec/Past President; Trustees -Anne Albrecht, Elaine C. Baragiola, Nancy Lee Barlett, MD, John Beck, Russell Been, Alicia M. Behrndt, Christopher Berg, Joan Berkman, Deepika Bhatla MD, Gail Chellis, Suzanne Dalton, Beth Davis, Margo Deloch, John F. DiPersio, MD, PhD, Tim Dorsey, Bonnie Eckelkamp, Stephen Ellison, Lee Fetter, Gordon Gale, MD, Rob Hanson, MD, Rosalyn Hoehn, Jerry Holloway, Mike Hubell, Jeanie Jeans, Dan Kaplan, John Kijowski, Jerome S. Kraus, Keith Linderer, Martin McDonald, Scott Mangus, Karen E. Miller, Pat Mulcahy, Burton Needles, MD, Michael Neidorff, Bob O'Loughlin, Laura M. Peterson, Mark Reifsteck, Lee Ruzicka, Mike Saracino, Scott Savacool, Thomas Sehnert, JoAnn M. Shaw, John Sheehan, Joe Sivewright, Patricia Smith, Scott Soucy, Mary Steward, Doug Teasdale, Randall Thompson, Shawneen C. Thompson, J. Kim Tucci, Mary Pillsbury Wainwright, Randy Weller, Dave Wells, Peter Westervelt, MD, PhD

Blacktie Photos by: Diane Anderson

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Committee Members
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Committee Members

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Hunt for a Cure

After 46 years of support and charitable work from the local St. Louis community, The Gateway Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) strapped on their bunny ears to host the Second Annual “Hunt for a Cure.” 5,000 children plus their parents turned out for the event on March 31, 2012, which was held as a thank you to the countless LLS supporters and volunteers who have given their time, talents and monies in the “hunt” for treatments and cures.

“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society appreciated the entire community coming together to help us in our hunt for a cure. LLS partnered with local senior centers to bring awareness to the fact that leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children under the age of 20. As sad as that fact is, it strikes adults 10 times that number. Blood cancer is an intergenerational disease and someone dies of it every 10 minutes. These stats are unacceptable, and we need to work hard to put a stop to this and ultimately find a cure,” said Debbie Kersting, LLS Executive Director.

The free community event  featured over 50,000 hidden eggs in Forest Park’s Central Fields plus prizes for children of all ages. In additionto music and a variety of specialty and informational service booths, families could visit the petting zoo, the Castlewood Stable Clydesdales and friendly, adoptable animals from Stray Rescue of St. Louis and the Animal Protective Association of Missouri. The very "egg-traordinary" bunny made a special appearance by helicopter and then was driven around by the Clydesdales.

LLS could not have hosted the "Hunt for a Cure" without the help and support of the many "egg-xpert" stuffers from 50 area senior centers including Autumn View Gardens St. Louis, Bethesda Meadow, Big Bend Woods Healthcare Center, Brooking Park, Cape Albeon, Caregivers Inn, Charlevoix HealthCare Center, The Delmar Gardens Family (Chesterfield Villas, Garden Villas North, Garden Villas of O'Fallon, Garden Villas South, Delmar Gardens of Chesterfield, Delmar Gardens of Creve Coeur, Delmar Gardens on the Green, Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley, Delmar Gardens North, Delmar Gardens of O'Fallon, Delmar Gardens South, Delmar Gardens West), Dutchtown Care & Rehab Center, Gambrill Gardens, Gillespie Village Apartments, Lake St. Charles Retirement Center, Lutheran Service Communities (Breeze Park, Dunn Road Manor, Laclede Groves, Meramec Bluffs, Meridian Village, Richmond Terrace, Rose Hill House, Village at Mackenzie Place), Mari de Villa Retirement Center, Mark Twain Manor Nursing Home, McKnight Place (assisted living), NHC Healthcare—St. Charles, NHC Healthcare—Maryland Heights, NHC Healthcare—Town & Country, Orchid Terrace, Parc Provence, Parklane Care and Rehabilitation Center, St. Sophia Health and Rehabilitation Center, St. Joseph Apartments, and Sunrise of Des Peres. Some Senior Centers requested to remain anonymous.

Much appreciation goes out to three area children’s hospitals: St. Louis Children’s Hospital, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, and Mercy Cancer Center. The egg-xcellent staffers from FOX 2 and 19 participating radio stations representing CBS Radio St. Louis, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment St. Louis, Emmis Communications St. Louis, Hubbard Radio St. Louis, 550 KTRS and Radio One St. Louis, and the UPS "delivery bunnies".

For additional information on programs or services provided by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, please contact the Gateway Chapter at 314-878-0780.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM ET.




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