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Truly Thankful: A Local Mom Participates in Thanksgiving Marathon in Honor of Her Son

Noreen Zuniga will celebrate Thanksgiving this year by running a half marathon to honor her son's battle with leukemia.

Atlanta, GA, November 20, 2009 --( Doraville resident Noreen Zuniga and her daughter, Katie, will not be having a traditional Thanksgiving this year--- but the Zunigas are not your typical family. This year Noreen and Katie will be participating in the half marathon in Atlanta. In addition, they have raised funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s through their Team In Training program to help fight blood cancers.

Their fight is personal. In the fall of 2003, Noreen’s son, Daniel, a 16 year old football player at Chamblee High School, complained of constant headaches. After taking him to the doctor, Daniel was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a fast-growing cancer in which the body produces a large number of immature white blood cells. Noreen took a leave of absence from her job to take care of Daniel and turned to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help navigate the difficult road after his diagnosis. During this challenging time, Noreen credits her faith and the prayers of friends and strangers to help keep her going.

Today, Daniel has been cancer free for two years and Noreen looks forward to celebrating this success on Thanksgiving Day. She know what percentage of money goes to help blood cancer patients and fund research. She knows the work it takes to train for five months to participate in a half marathon. She understands the costs of researching the drugs that will help blood cancer patients. And she is extremely grateful for all of that. But when she crosses the finish line Thanksgiving morning, she will probably not be focused on that. Instead, she will be sending prayers of Thanksgiving that Daniel has been cancer and she’ll know that every step they covered will bring us one step closer to a cure. She, indeed, will be thankful.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

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 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated
Georgia Chapter, 3715 Northside Parkway, Building 400, Suite 300, Atlanta, Georgia 30327

1-800-399-7312, 404-720-7900,

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