Healthy Living

Community Rallies Around Student Fighting Lymphoma

It might only be 5 minutes, but it makes a huge difference

Jennifer Kondak, a community service organizer for Birmingham Public Schools district, also attended the 2017 event with students from the Groves High School Interact Club. “We encouraged our kids to come out tonight and picked a special night to be here. We thought it was really important. We’ve been plugging it for about a month. We couldn’t be more pleased to be here,” said Kondak.

Numerous different groups volunteered to come out to the event throughout the month of December and to be a part of the special moment. “Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams” took about 5 minutes each night, but it meant a great deal to the young patients, who face psychological and emotional stress during hospitalization, as well as to their families. “I’ve been in both places. I’ve been outside shining the lights up and I’ve been up in the rooms with those kids shining back down and they get so excited and they think it’s the coolest thing ever to see how many people are down here showing up for them,” said Amanda Lefkof, Child Specialist at Beaumont Children’s Hospital.