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The friends of Glenn Lightner are uniting to raise money to help with his battle against brain cancer. Funds will be used for medical costs

Glenn is a 13 year old Long Valley Middle School student who loves to play football and basketball with his younger brother, Karl, and friends.

Unfortunately, Glenn has been fighting anaplastic ependymoma Grade III brain cancer since first being diagnosed at the age of 8. He has undergone several surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments at St.Jude Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee.
Recently, his family received the devastating news that the cancer returned yet again and had grown considerably. On March 5th, 2012, Glenn and his parents returned to St. Jude for Glenn to undergo surgery to remove the growth.

On March 24th, Glenn and his parents left for Belgium to receive treatment there for at least six weeks. The cost of the treatment and lodging is estimated over $100,000, costing $12,000-$16,000. per week for Glenn's treatment alone. Insurance is not covering this, leaving his parents to fully bear the extraordinary financial costs. Glenn's parents are drained both emotionally and financially.

Since starting our fundraising efforts in March for the Lightners, there has been an overwhelming outpouring of love, support, prayers, and donations for Glenn and the Lightner family. The overall fundraising for Glenn has reached $121,185. The Rally in the Valley Committee for Glenn is overwhelmed and thankful beyond words for everyone's generosity in exceeding our originally published goal of $107,000. We acknowledge that it will likely be a few months before the Lightners know the total costs of Glenn's treatments due to follow-up tests, consultations, and unanticipated procedures. We will meet with the Lightners to determine if additional funds are needed. Should there be any excess funds, they will be donated to support other local families whose lives have been adversely affected by illness.

Please visit our website to keep updated with Glenn's progress and to keep informed with any local fundraising events.

We hope that you will join us in helping the Lightners through this extremely difficult time---any donation you make will help ease the burden for the Lightners.

Please donate through this Give Forward website, or if you prefer, please send a check made payable to:

Glenn Lightner
P.O. Box 646
Long Valley, NJ 07853

If you have any questions, or would like to speak to a friend of the family, please call:

Tom and Lauren Hedworth (908) 979-1320
Mario and Jenny Cavallone (908) 850-3014
Tom and MaryAnn Macintyre (732) 887-6782

THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATION, YOUR SUPPORT, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, YOUR PRAYERS. Please share Glenn's story with family and friends.
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