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Cancer-survivior Sonya walks for Leukemia

One of my favorite roles that I play as a Houston Texans Cheerleader is that I have the ability to give back to my community. Many Houston area companies, in addition to the Houston Texans, were recently a part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk. Light the Night is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's one-to-two-mile evening walk held in communities across the country to commemorate lives touched by cancer and celebrate cancer survivorship.

This was a community event that I unfortunately did not participate in on behalf of the Texans Cheerleaders, but as a two-year survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma. The most exciting part of the whole experience was that I had a team of family, friends and new teammates to support me as well as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Traditionally walkers carry illuminated balloons - white for survivors and red for supporters. Unfortunately that evening was ridiculously windy, which made the walk a little difficult as we kept getting smacked in the face with balloons. Nevertheless, we had an amazing time. I cannot express how touched I was to have my team, Team Awesome, there to celebrate my survivorship. I am especially appreciative of Betsy and Ashley C., two girls that I have only known for six months, for walking to help find a cure for blood cancers.

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