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Family Goes Overseas To Battle Brain Cancer

Local businesses, residents pitch in to help Lightner family with costs of pursuing alternative medicine.

Glenn Lightner’s battle with brain cancer is going international, as he and his parents–Sylvia and Larry–will head to Belgium on March 24 for six weeks to be treated with forms of alternative medicine.

The 13-year-old, , will undergo an MRI on Thursday, March 22 for the purposes of a status update.

“If he’s clear,” Larry Lightner said, “we’ll do a full six weeks in Belgium of treatment. If, God forbid, anything new shows up, we’ll do three weeks of treatment and have another MRI to see if the treatment is working.”

The Lightner’s will stay in a hotel for the first week, Larry Lightner said, but will seek temporary housing beyond that, to help curb costs.

Once Glenn completes the six weeks of treatment in Belgium, the plan is for the family to head to Germany for an additional two weeks of alternative treatment before returning back to the states.

Support a ‘God send’

The Lightner’s friends and neighbors recently began a Give Forward page accepting monetary donations to help the family with the costs of pursuing alternative medicine not covered by insurance.

As of Wednesday, March 20, the donations had exceeded $26,600.

“The community is just amazing,” Larry Lightner said. “We were worried about how we were going to pay for all this, and it’s been a God send.”

Community organizations and business professionals have also reached out and expressed their willingness to host fundraisers.

Long Valley’s Val’s Pals, owned and operated by Valerie Lieberman, will give a $100 Pet Sitting Gift Certificate through a raffle to be drawn on April 10. For every $10 given to Glenn Lightner’s Give Forward page, the donator will be entered once into the raffle ($100 donation will receive 10 entries). For more information on the raffle, Lieberman can be reached at valspals@nac.net.

John Gumersell, who knows firsthand how impactful the Long Valley community can be, , said he would like nothing more than to give something back to the community that helped his family through such a difficult time.

Gumersell, a branch manager with Gateway Funding Diversified Mortgage Services in Garwood, said any homeowner that decides to refinance his or her mortgage through his company and mentions the Lightners, will give a $250 discount and donate the same amount to the Lightner family.

Gumersell can be reached at 908-624-0777.

One of Long Valley’s most famous eateries, , will hold a benefit in the coming months as well, according to co-owner Heidi Prudente.

The restaurant will offer free pizza slices for a set time and ask that customers make donations in lieu of the cost of the food.

The Washington Township Police Benevolence Association will also be holding a 5K / Family Fun Run in Long Valley to benefit the Lightner family. The PBA will be seeking sponsors from local businesses, so anyone wanting to get involved should contact Officer Adam Feichter at 908-876-3232 ext. 1426. More information will be available in the coming weeks for this event.

Alice Jameson March 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM
It’s worth mentioning that the Give Forward page accepts credit cards and allows donors the option of anonymity. It only takes a moment to make a difference.
judi March 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM
What a great community to live in.. My thoughts and prayers are with you always Glenn..
David Yaskulka March 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Thank you, thank you Long Valley Patch for keeping our community informed! I think it be the growth of smaller donations that will ultimately get the Lightners what they need for this treatment. So please everyone spread the word and help if you can!
mommy1 March 22, 2012 at 01:22 PM
if you want to make a donation does anyone know who to give the money to?
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) March 22, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Hey mommy1 - Thanks for the comment. The Give Forward page, which accepts donations anonymously and via credit card, can be found here: http://patch.com/bvbwO (link shortened for sake of comment length).
Claire March 22, 2012 at 02:05 PM
or you can send directly to Glenn Lightner P.O. Box 646 Long Valley, NJ 07853
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) March 22, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Yes! That too, Claire! Thanks for the comment.
Valerie Lieberman March 22, 2012 at 02:14 PM
mommy1, you can go to www.giveforward.com/acureforglenn to make a donation. Thank you, Long Valley Patch, for sharing this story with everyone. Also, BIG thanks to my PALS who have generated a total of $825 to-date in response to the raffle. No donation is small when it comes from a big heart. Dear Lightners, we are all sending you healing prayers and blessings.
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) March 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM
We've added a note to this article stating the Washington Township Police Benevolence Association will also hold a fundraiser for the Lightner family. Check the end of the article for more information.
Linda March 23, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The teachers at Cucinella are also collecting for Glenn - they all have cans in their classrooms.

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