6th Annual White Light White Night Fundraising Gala To Raise Thousands For Angelenos Affected By Family Members With Cancer

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South Bay Non-Profit Walk With Sally Hosts a Summer Fundraising Event to Remember: Eats by South Bay’s Best, Drinks by Patrón and Entertainment by Popular Rock Band Smash Mouth.

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As the sun sets on the South Bay this summer, more than 1,000 Angelenos and friends will come together once again for an entertaining, yet meaningful evening to raise money for local non-profit Walk With Sally as part of the organization’s sixth annual White Light White Night gala.

On Saturday, July 21, King Harbor in Redondo Beach will transform into a sea of white, as supporters from across the country will sample bites from some of the South Bay’s best restaurants, enjoy a cocktail from Patron’s famous Ice Bar, and bid on the evening’s premium silent auction, whose proceeds go directly to Walk With Sally’s programs. In addition, guests will be treated to a live performance by musical guest Smash Mouth.

“Each year, White Light White Night serves as an opportunity to share the stories of the hundreds of children in Los Angeles who get lost in the mix when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer,” says Nick Arquette, founder of Walk With Sally. “This event gives those children a voice and allows us to fund existing and new friendships with mentors. Without the support of our community, we would not be able to impact those children’s lives the way we’ve been doing during the last five years.”

Last year’s White Light White Night event raised more than $150,000 for Walk with Sally’s mentorship program for children whose parents or siblings are fighting or have died from cancer. This event hopes to be an equally smashing success. There are nearly 3 million children in families affected by cancer in the United States and more than 500,000 minor children, nationwide, living with a parent in the early phases of cancer treatment.*

“This year, Walk with Sally’s goal is to raise $250,000 in order to serve the more than 200 children in Los Angeles that could benefit from Walk With Sally’s mentorship program. By next year, we hope to increase mentor relationships by 30% and open a new Walk With Sally center,” says Arquette.

Featured restaurants will include Manhattan Beach’s Strand House, Hermosa Beach’s Hot’s Kitchen and Santa Monica’s Brick & Mortar, among many others. The event will be sponsored by Momma Mia Worldwide for the second year in a row. Tickets for White Light White Night go on sale Monday, May 20th. For more information about White Light White Night, please visit the Walk With Sally website at http://www.walkwithsally.org.

About Walk With Sally
Walk With Sally is dedicated to providing mentoring support programs and services to children of parents or siblings with cancer – one child at a time, one heart at a time. Walk With Sally is committed to providing healing and comfort to children debilitated by the emotional experience of living with or losing a parent or sibling to cancer. This healing is facilitated through free of charge mentoring support programs and services that provide an emotionally safe environment for children to share their difficult experience with someone who has suffered the same. A Los Angeles-based, registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Walk With Sally can be found on the web at http://www.WalkWithSally.org.

For additional information or to find out how to become a mentor visit us at http://www.WalkWithSally.org, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walkwithsally and/or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/walkwithsally

About Patrón
Patrón Spirits, one of the fastest-growing companies in the ultra-premium beverage alcohol industry, will be back again this year with signature cocktails and their popular make-your-own-margarita bar. Patrón’s portfolio of luxury spirits – Patrón tequilas and liqueurs, Ultimat vodka, and Pyrat rum – are available in more than 120 countries across the globe. The company’s flagship brand, Patrón tequila, is an ultra-premium luxury white spirit that’s delicious on the rocks, and mixes flawlessly into most any cocktail. From the highest-quality Weber Blue agave plants grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, to the centuries-old distillation process, to the signed, handcrafted glass bottles, Patrón is produced with unparalleled attention to sophistication and detail. For more information, please visit http://www.patronspirits.com, or join the Patrón Social Club at http://www.patronsocialclub.com.

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*Among these adult survivors, 18.3% (95%CI, 16.3-20.5) of those recently diagnosed and 14.0% (95%CI 13.3-14.8) of the total sample reported living with a minor child. Most of these survivors were female (78.9%), married (69.8%), and younger than age 50 years (85.8%). Of the 3193 identified children of survivors, 30.5% were younger than age 6 years at the time of their parent's cancer diagnosis; 33.4% were born after the diagnosis. By using population-based weights, the authors estimated that 1.58 million US cancer survivors reside with their minor children, representing 2.85 million children. Furthermore, an estimated 562,000 US minor children are living with a parent in the early phases of cancer treatment and recovery.

Parental cancer and the family†‡

A population-based estimate of the number of US cancer survivors residing with their minor children

Kathryn E. Weaver PhD, MPH1,2,§,¶,*, Julia H. Rowland PhD1, Catherine M. Alfano PhD1, Timothy S. McNeel BA3Article first published online: 19 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/cncr.25368

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