Annual event has proceeds benefit and support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
One the eve of the Super Bowl, the fifth annual ‘Princess & Pirate’ hero event, for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, is back by popular demand and guaranteed to be bigger and better than ever. This extraordinary event draws families from across Georgia, who have been directly impacted by cancer. Whether in remission or still fighting some form of leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma, the children dress up as a princess or pirate and spend the evening out of the hospital or their bed to take their mind off the diseases they are fighting.
Addison Bulloch was one of the original honored heroes at the inaugural Princess & Pirate event in 2013. Now a vibrant, 8-year old girl, Addison was diagnosed with Pre B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the young age of 3. “We look forward to this event every year because it’s an outlet to celebrate those fighting for their lives and reminds us of the amazing support this organization provides,” said Danielle Bulloch, Addison’s mother. Addison is now in remission and looks healthy on the outside, but still struggles with effects the chemotherapy took on her body. “Five years ago, I didn’t know if my frail, little girl was going to survive and now we’re celebrating her being alive. My hope is that someday cancer survivors don’t have to survive with quite so much,” Ms. Bulloch added, referring to the effects the disease and treatment took on Addison’s body that is still prevalent today.
The ‘Princess & Pirate’ hero event will be held Saturday, Feb. 4 from 7pm – 10pm at the College Football Hall of Fame. Purchase tickets in advance for $20 by going to http://bit.ly/2jgNttb. Please note ‘Princess & Pirate’ in comments section of donation page. Ticket prices at the door will be $25 for adults and teens and $10 for children who are ten and under. All proceeds from the evening will benefit and support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
“We honor our heroes being alive and fighting cancer every day at this annual event, which brings strength and encouragement to those who need it,” said Wendi Verzosa, Founder of the ‘Princess & Pirate’ event and 13-year Team in Training veteran who has raised nearly $100,000 for cancer research. “Two of our original heroes will be returning for the fifth year. Seeing their strength and how far they’ve come signifies a celebration of life and hope for all those involved. It’s priceless and is a feeling you can’t get from doing anything else.”
The evening will feature generous sponsors, including Academy Mortgage, Atlanta Fever Entertainment, College Football Hall of Fame and Post Exchange Catering. As a bonus, the evening will also feature a silent auction, food, cash bar, professional face painting, as well as costumes for the children.