JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- They were just six and four years old when they lost their mother to leukemia. The two sisters will walk in Thursday's Light the Night to help others and keep their mother's memory alive.
The sisters, 11-year old Ally and 9-year Anna Schneider are the best of friends. In their young lives they've been through a lot together. "She was pretty," said Anna. "Yeah, she was really pretty and she was a really good mom,"' adds older sister Ally.
Their mother, Misti Schneider, was diagnosed with leukemia when they were both very young. So young, in fact, that Ally and Anna don't have any memories of their mom before she had cancer. "She was like a normal mom when she was in remission but when she wasn't (in remission) she was in the hospital all the time," said Ally.
Their mom died in June 2006. Every year these two girls walk in Jacksonville's annual Light the Night walk to raise awareness and money for leukemia and lymphoma. When their mom was still alive they walked with her, and now that she's gone they are still walking.
"I think she would be proud because we're continuing something that she did even though she died," said Anna.
Everyone in the Light the Night walk carries either a gold, red, or white balloon. "Ally always carries the gold balloon because she's the older sister and I hold a lot of balloons," said Anna.
They do it because even though their mom isn't with them anymore, they have each other and this is their chance to do something for others. "It gives you that good feeling that your helping someone," said Anna.
This year's Light the Night walk takes place Thursday, Nov. 4. It starts and ends at The Jacksonville Landing.
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