Poway man named ‘Honored Hero’
By Emily Sorensen
A Poway resident has been named as an “Honored Hero” by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for his brave fight with cancer.
Richard Inderwick, 42, who has lived in Poway for seven years, is fighting cancer. Now he will share his story with many others at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night Walk, being held Friday, Nov. 8 at Petco Park.
“It is very exciting,” said Inderwick of being named an Honored Hero. “It’s a nice appreciation that someone acknowledged all the things I’m going through.”
Inderwick will, among other things, speak at the Light the Night Walk. He will also raise funds and attract walkers for the event as part of his duties as an Honored Hero. “I could be asked to talk in front of businesses, and I will attend Leukemia and Lymphoma Society events,” said Inderwick.
“We chose Richard as one of the 2013 Light The Night Honored Heroes because he has overcome so much, yet he’s still fighting the fight. We want people like Richard, continually relying on funds and research in order to make a full recovery, to know that we haven’t forgotten them and we’re in this together,” said Joanna Winsborough, senior campaign manager for the Light The Night Walk in San Diego, in a press release. “Richard has raised more than $11,000 for LLS and we’re looking forward to seeing his team’s success this year.”
Inderwick has been battling cancer off and on since being diagnosed in 1998 with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the blood. After chemotherapy and radiation, Inderwick received a bone marrow transplant and in September 1998 was strong enough to go to work. After discovering he had fallen out of remission in 2003, Inderwick underwent a stem cell transplant, and fell out of remission again in 2010. Inderwick has been taking a drug called Revlimid since, and is considered to be in “partial remission.”
“[The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society] provided emotional and monetary support [to Inderwick and his family] and showed us what programs are available,” said Inderwick of his history with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
This year’s Light the Night Walk will be the third time Inderwick, his wife Erica and his son will attend. This year, Inderwick’s son, Landon, will be leading the team. “My son has asked his friends at school to join him,” said Inderwick. “We have a nice, big group that goes to Light the Night.” Inderwick said his son hopes to raise $1,000, and was already halfway to his goal.
Individuals can donate to Inderwick’s fundraising goal or sign up to join Team Indy at pages.lightthenight.org/sd/SanDiego13/EInderwick. For more information on this year’s event, visit www.
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