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Charity Yoga Session to be Held in Honor of Bexley Student

Nancy Alkire Nancy Alkire Charity Yoga Session to be Held in Honor of Bexley StudentThe community is coming together to support Sari Goldson, who is battling leukemia. Photo courtesy Goldson family.
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On Sunday, April 29, 2018 there is a very special yoga event to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in support of Bexley High School student, Sari Goldson. The event takes place at the Bexley High School gym.

Goldson was diagnosed with leukemia in the fall of 2017 and her strength through these health issues has been an inspiration to others in the community.

The event is open to all and no yoga experience required, says Lisa Paquette, owner of V Power Yoga. Paquette is organizing this fundraiser. Jenni Goldson, mother to Sari, has been a student at V Power for four years.

“Yoga has been a source of comfort and rejuvenation for me,” says Jenni. “When Lisa approached me about doing a karma class to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Sari, I was so appreciative.”

Jenni also shared that their family was receiving tremendous support from the Bexley community.

“Sari is always trying to give back to others and is so selfless,” she says. “The thoughtfulness and generosity we are receiving because of her is wonderful.”

Paquette will lead the charity yoga event. She has felt inspired by Sari’s amazing strength and is happy to join the fight against leukemia.

“She was a perfectly normal 16-year-old,” Jenni said of Sari. “This leukemia was totally unexpected.”

The founders of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society lost their son to leukemia in 1944. At the time, there were no effective treatments for blood cancers, but with a tiny budget and much hard work, the Leukemia Society and pioneering cancer researcher Sidney Farber created chemotherapies that by the 1960’s were giving patients and their families much better prognoses. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society continues to fund pioneering research. For example, they helped fund the Nobel Prize-winning work by Dr. Robert Gallo on T cells and retroviruses and also the development of the cancer drug, Imantinib (Gleevac).

“It was always sweet to see Sari and her brother, Micah, together in Bexley HS musicals,” said Bexley HS graduate Vahni Kurra. “One of the special things about Bexley is how intertwined everyone is. It is a community that really helps its members. I am not surprised and am very happy that they are doing this.”

The benefit yoga session will be held at the Bexley High School gym on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. The address is 326 S Cassingham Rd., Columbus, OH 43209. Any size donation is welcome and no yoga experience is necessary. For those who wish to donate and cannot attend, checks payable to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society may be mailed to V-Power Yoga at 252 N. Fifth St., Columbus, OH 43215. Donations can also be made online here.

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