More than an Ordinary Fundraiser, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk Brings Communities Together

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night is a fundraiser that supports the fight against blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. Bringing together communities to celebrate and remember those in the fight against cancer, Light The Night Walk registration is now open for walks that will take place in three Bay Area locations this October.

Walkers line up for the start of the 2011 North Bay Light The Night Walk in Santa Rosa.

No ordinary fundraiser and more than a teambuilding event, Light The Night Walk begins with a festival-like atmosphere, encouraging participants to honor those who have been affected by cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. Food, music and activities are offered for all ages, and participants carry colored balloons as they walk—red for supporters, white for survivors and gold in memory of a loved one lost to cancer.

At sundown, these illuminated balloons create a floating sea of color that is carried along a 2-mile cancer walk, creating an outward display of support and hope. Light The Night Walk provides a unique experience that brings together supporters in the fight against cancer, including friends, family and coworkers, to pave the way for a world without cancer.

This October, Light The Walk events will take place in three different Bay Area locations. The San Francisco leukemia walk and other walks in different areas raise funds that help provide lifesaving blood cancer research; free educational materials and events for patients and their families; local programs such as Family Support Groups and First Connection, a peer-to-peer counseling program; and comprehensive, personalized assistance through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Information Resource Center.

Gather your friends and family and register today. Light The Night Walk registration is now open for the three walks taking place in the Bay Area this October. The North Bay leukemia walk will be held on October 6, 2012 in Santa Rosa. The San Francisco cancer walk will be on October 18, 2012. The East Bay walk will take place in Walnut Creek on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

About Light The Night Walk
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk funds lifesaving research and support for people battling cancer. Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams and millions of consumers help by donating at retail outlets. The Light The Night Walk brings members of the community together, whether they walk as a corporate teambuilding event or in support of a loved one.

Light The Night Walk is an event for the entire community—children, adults and seniors are all welcome. It is a casual fundraising walk with no fitness requirements. Every walker is encouraged to become a Champion For Cures by raising $100 or more to support researchers in their quest for more targeted, less toxic therapies for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Three walks will take place in the Bay Area. The North Bay leukemia walk will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Participants start at Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa. The San Francisco fundraising walk will be on Thursday, October 18, 2012, from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm starting at Union Square. The East Bay walk will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm starting at Civic Park in Walnut Creek. To register for a Light The Night Walk near you, visit http://www.lightthenight.org/sf.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 68 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $750 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

For more information about blood cancer, visit http://www.LLS.org or call the LLS Information Resource Center (IRC), a call center staffed by master's level social workers, nurses and health educators who provide information, support and resources to patients and their families and caregivers. IRC information specialists are available at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

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