The Gateway Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has announced Word Records’ singer/songwriter Mark Schultz as the recipient of this year’s prestigious Beacon Award, given to recognize outstanding efforts in increasing public awareness of the society and its mission.
?He?s My Son,? a song written and performed by Schultz, has helped bring to the forefront the fight against leukemia, the nation?s number one disease killer of children. The song, which became a Top 25 hit on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Music Chart, shares through compelling lyrics the anguish of parents faced with their child’s life and death battle with leukemia.
“This song has done so much to increase the public’s awareness of the private battle being waged by thousands of courageous families across the country,” Judith Swiecicki, executive director, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gateway Chapter said. “‘He’s My Son,’ on the surface is a song of great sadness, but when Mark Schultz shares the story behind the song, it is a story of great hope. That’s what keeps our families going — the hope of survival, the hope for a cure.”
The Award & Recognition Banquet will take place Wednesday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Windows at Westport, at Westport Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri
Approximately 200 special guests will be in attendance, including media personalities and corporate partners and leaders in the St.Louis community.
Schultz has had extensive involvement with the Leukemia Society as a participant of Light The Night Walks in both in St. Louis and Nashville. The Light The Night Walk® is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s nationwide evening walk. Walkers carry illuminated balloons to celebrate and commemorate the lives touched by cancer. Funds raised support their mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.
In addition to receiving this award, Word Records just released Schultz’s sophomore project Song Cinema, the follow-up to his critically acclaimed self-titled debut. That project garnered seven Dove Award nominations and launched three #1 singles. Coinciding with the October 16th release of Song Cinema, Schultz is currently on his 22-city “Song Cinema” Tour with special guests Erin O?Donnell and Ben Glover. For more information on these events, log onto markschultz for up-to-date news and tour dates.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma SocietySM, based in White Plains, NY, is the fastest-growing voluntary health organization with a nationwide presence. The Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has provided more than $240 million for research specifically targeting blood-related cancers.
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