Diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia shortly after he turned two, Ben Layton bravely battled the disease. Yet all that medicine could offer was not enough.
Aware that he was going to die, Ben daydreamed about the new life he would have after his death and was certain that he would receive red angel wings. Ben received his wings on May 29, 2002, months after his fourth birthday.
Inspired by Ben’s bravery and in celebration of his spirit, thousands of Lower Shore volunteers joined to build the Ben’s Red Swings playground at the Salisbury Zoo entrance of the city park in 2004. It is our hope that the Ben Layton Memorial 5K Run/Walk will continue to celebrate Ben’s life and the lives of all those touched by leukemia and other blood cancers.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient services.
Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $424 million for research specifically targeting blood cancers.
For more information about leukemia, lymphoma, and related blood cancers, and patient services call The Leukemia &Lymphoma Society at 1-800-242-4572 or visit www.lls.org/md .
In 2006, a group of dedicated LLS volunteers who are active participants in the "Team in Training" program, pooled their individual talents and resources to organize a 5K run/walk to benefit the society.