Now in Remission, Local Queens Doctor and Cancer Survivor Pledges to Raise more than $30,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Telethon Benefit
New York.- Dimitrios Kostopoulos, PT,PhD, DSc has pledged to raise more than $30,000 for the New York City Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through a telethon that will take place on Tuesday, October 2nd. Dr. K, as he is known to his patients, is a Hodgkinʼs Lymphoma survivor and has teamed up with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to raise funds for the Societyʼs annual Light The Night Walk. Last year alone, Dr. K and his staff from Hands on Physical Therapy raised more than $25,000 to fight blood cancers and they plan on raising even more this year. Team members will raise funds for the annual Light The Night Walk by participating in the October 2nd telethon that will be broadcasted on Channel 509 on Time Warner Cable system.
In January 2005, Dr. Kostopoulos was diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkinʼs Lymphoma. “After my diagnosis I was desperate for information and support. The patient services staff at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was there when I needed help,” says Dr. Kostopoulos. “The programs and support that the Society provides would not be possible with out events like Light The Night. I will continue to fundraise so that others have the same access to information and support that I did.”
Dr. Kostopoulosʼ determination to give to the Society for the support he received during his seven-month battle with cancer prompted him to sign up for Light The Night in 2006. In 2006, the Hands on Physical Therapy team set a goal of $2,500 and exceeded their goal by thousands of dollars. The team raised $25,000 their first year and is well on its way to achieving their goal this year. One of the ways the Hands on Physical Therapy team plans on reaching their goal is through the 2nd Annual Light The Night Walk telethon. Dr. Kostopoulos will host a television program on October 2nd from 7pm-10pm where patients, survivors, cancer experts and entertainers will perform live on television to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“Dr. Kostopoulos and his team from Hands on Physical Therapy are energetic and enthusiastic fundraisers. We are very grateful to have them on our team.” said Michael Osso, Executive Director of the New York City Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “As a former patient, and now a survivor, who has received support from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Dr. K has a clear goal and the determination to give back and help others that are fighting cancer.”
Light The Night is an annual fundraising event to support the fight against blood cancer. Dr. Kostopoulos and his team will walk across the Brooklyn Bridge on Thursday, October 4th for the Manhattan Light The Night Walk. Additional walks will take place in the New York City area; On Staten Island and in Queens this fall. Last year, in New York City , Light The Night walkers raised more than 1.9 million dollars. This year the New York City hopes to raise 2.2 million dollars to fight cancer.
The telethon can be viewed on October 2nd from 7:00-10:00pm on Channel 509 on the Time Warner Cable system. Please check your local listings.
Light The Night is a nationwide two- to three-mile evening fundraising walk. The purpose of the walk is to raise funds to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. During this highly visible event participants carry illuminated red balloons and survivors carry white balloons as they “Light The Night” to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer.
For more information about Light The Night, visit www.lightthenight.org/nyc or call (212) 532-5054
Hands-On Physical Therapy is one of the largest physical therapy organizations in New York with 9 facilities throughout the boroughs. Hands-On Physical Therapy specializes in Manual physiotherapeutic treatments and pain management. For more information on the various conditions that physical therapy can help and to download free health guides go to: www.handsonpt.org or www.waronpain.com