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Kelsey-Seybold Family Lights the Night

Kelsey-Seybold employees and their family members lit up Hermann Park on Oct. 26 as part of “Light the Night,” an annual walk supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“‘Light the Night” is a cause that’s important to my friend Rachel, so I decided to join her this year for the first time,” said Sarah Dakheel, Ambulatory Services Representative II at Sienna Plantation Clinic. “I think it’s important that we support everyone in this fight so they know they’re not alone. Their Kelsey-Seybold family is there for them in and out of the clinic. I joined Kelsey-Seybold in 2015 and have loved working for this company that values patient care through community outreach.”

Rachel Staggs-Jannise, L.V.N. at Cinco Ranch Clinic, inspired Sarah to walk in “Light the Night” after she shared that her grandfather was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 79.

“He was my only living grandparent, and we were very close. We had no family history of leukemia, so it was very difficult for me, especially as a nurse, knowing what this disease is capable of and what the road to recovery would be like for him. He fought hard for a short while before deciding that he had lived a long and beautiful life with his family,” said Rachel. “I hadn’t been involved in ‘Light the Night’ before – I didn’t even know about it until I came to work for Kelsey-Seybold – so it was comforting to know that the company I work for valued the same causes and organizations that were important to me.”

Trueneil Carmouche, R.N., Nurse Manager at Tanglewood Clinic, was also a first-time walker inspired to participate by another co-worker.

“I have been working with Kelsey-Seybold for 22 years,” she said enthusiastically while waiting for her friends and colleagues at the Kelsey-Seybold sponsor tent. “Even though I have not been impacted personally by leukemia and lymphoma, it means a lot to be a part of something bigger and to support others.”

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Tanglewood Clinic team members gathered together to gear up in lights before the walk. From left to right are: Edith Zavala, Medical Assistant; Michelle Boles, R.N., Nurse Supervisor; Trueneil Carmouche, R.N., Nurse Manager; and Maria Martinez, Medical Assistant.

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