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Light the Night to Fight Cancer

Thursday, Oct. 6 at Ann Morrison Park

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Although it happens on a single night, the Light the Night Walk will brighten up the long autumn evenings and the lives of cancer patients for years to come. This yearly fund-raising event is organized by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and hopes to raise more than $200,000 through the efforts of teams and individuals.

Every participant in the Light the Night Walk is encouraged to become a Champion For Cures by raising at least $100. Participants will carry different colored balloons, each with their own unique significance: red for supporters, white for patients and survivors, and gold in memory of those who've lost their lives to cancer. Even those who haven't raised $100 are welcome to attend the event.

Money raised by Light the Night will go toward life-saving blood cancer research, free educational materials, events for patients and their families, local programs such as Family Support Groups and First Connection--a peer-to-peer counseling program--and personalized assistance through an Information Resource Center. These programs will help more than 1 million Americans who are living with blood cancer and the families who care for them. This is a family friendly event, so bring the kids and mingle with friends and co-workers and prepare to be entertained by music by Marcus Eaton, fire dancers and other light-oriented performers.

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