LLS 'Light the Night Walks' corporate chair tells touching story of battle with cancer

- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's “Light the Night Walks" are a celebration of light to drive out the darkness of cancer. The annual fundraisers benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's efforts to find a cure for blood cancers.

“Light the Night Walks” Corporate Chair Bill Carteaux says the events hit close to home for him as he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, or AML, back in 2016. Carteaux was told he was in remission but recently relapsed in July.

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“I have a very close connection (with blood cancer) and last fall I got involved in Light the Night and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, but even prior to that I had a great nephew who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and after a year-long battle he lost his battle,” Carteaux explained.

During his most recent stint in the hospital Carteaux dropped down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend.

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“We started another round of chemo and I decided I wasn’t going to let her go. She was with me through last year and this year completely so I bought a ring from my hospital and proposed at the hospital,” Carteaux said.

In the video player, Bill Carteaux discusses the “Light the Night Walks” with FOX 5’s Sarah Simmons.

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