Annual Lymphomathon Raises More Than $70,000

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

It was a cool and cloudy morning at Mahoney State Park, but it didn't dampen the spirits of those walking for a special purpose. It was Nebraska’s third annual Lymphomathon and hundreds came out to support the cause.

Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that can develop in many parts of the body including the lymph nodes, spleen, and bone marrow. Each day more than one Nebraskan is diagnosed with lymphoma.

More than 45 teams gathered for a walk to raise money and awareness of the disease.

Mark Siecke was diagnosed with lymphomia in 2008. He beat the cancer after eight rounds of chemo, something he doesn't take for granted.

“All the people that walk and take the time out of their day, its just inspiring and shows what kind of love people have,” says Siecke.

Ken Baldwin came to support his friend, former WOWT news director John Clark who passed away in 2007.

“It’s just great to have this many people to come out in Nebraska weather like this to walk for such a worthy cause.”

Over the past three years the walk has raised more than $250,000.

Funds from the Lymphomathon help provide free patient services, improved treatment options, and local research grants, many of them at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Paul Hammes had two bouts of cancer and had all his cancer treatment in Omaha.

“If you’re going to have lymphoma this is a great place I guess because University of Nebraska Medical Center has great research and great treatment and I took advantage of it,” says Hammes.

Saturday’s 5k walk raised $71,000, which will go to the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

Channel 6 News was a proud sponsor of the walk.

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