Light Up the Night, Light Up a Heart

Join the fight against blood cancer at this year's Light the Night Event.

When someone discovers that they have developed, their life can change instantly.

 Treatment, a plan of attack and time available in one's life may be thrown at a patient who didn't expect the diagnosis as they walked into their doctor's office that day.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society takes patient support and care very seriously, according to Kristen Angell, Campaign Coordinator of Special Events. Each year, the organization hosts events that bring in money to find the cure for blood cancer.

"We are going into our twelfth year of Light the Night in Fairfield County," Angell said.

In the United States alone, there are currently 913,000 people living with blood , according to Angell.

According to the LLS website, their mission is "to Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families." This year, the organization is looking to gather as many people as possible to walk for the cure of blodd cancers.

"We are looking to get five-hundered to eight-hundred people this year," Angell said.

Participants can expect to see face painters, live musicians, food and balloon makers at this year's Light the Night event. The fundraiser will take place at the Newtown Youth Academy's Fairfield Hills campus in Newtown, CT.  

"It's very family oriented," Angell said.

All vendors are volunteers or businesses who have purchased a location to advertise their business. The money from location purchases go towards the LLS mission.

"In leu of mile-markers, vendors can buy a spot," Angell said.  

All money donated goes to patient care, support, research and family support, according to the LLS website.

"The people committed to the cause work extra hard and we have seen the walks grow over the years," Angell said.

 To sign up for this year's Light the Night event which will take place September 24 at 5pm, visit www.lightthenight.org.

Editor's Note: Below is a press release from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Registration Now Open for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk To Help Fund Lifesaving Research

Registration is open to join The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night® Walk on Saturday September 24, 2011 at Newtown Youth Academy, Fairfield Hills Campus, Newtown, CT. Please join us to help build awareness for the over 913,000 people in the United States living with a blood cancer.

Light The Night, LLS’s annual fundraising walk held in communities throughout the country, features teams of co-workers, families and friends walking together in twilight holding illuminated balloons – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold to remember those who have died. The Walk, which commemorates lives touched by blood cancers, is a celebration, with music, refreshments and family activities. This years walk will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at Newtown Youth Academy, Fairfield Hills Campus, Newtown, CT. Festivities will begin at 5:00pm.

“Light The Night is the nation’s opportunity to pay tribute to lives touched by blood cancer,” said Jeannie Montano, Executive Director. “We are grateful to all of our participants for supporting this lifesaving pro-gram. The funds raised help the Society support leading-edge research and provide much-needed patient ser-vices.”

Last year, participants in Light The Night Walk raised more than $39 million, nationwide. For more information or to register for a local Walk, contact the Connecticut chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 203-665-1400 or visit www.lightthenight.org.

Every walker who raises $100* or more will become a Champion For Cures and will be recognized on the night of the Walk with:

-A Light The Night t-shirt

- An illuminated Light The Night balloon in red (supporters), white (survivors) or gold (in memory of a loved one)

- A wristband which entitles the wearer to food and refreshments

Be a Champion For Cures and let everyone know you’re helping cure cancer!

Participants who raise money online receive Free Gas cards that can be redeemed at most major gasoline providers. Each fundraising participant who raises $250 to $499 will receive a $15 Free Gas card or for every $500 the fundraisers raise online they will get a Free Gas card worth $50. The promotion applies to funds raised for Light The Night Walk, online in the months of July and August only.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. www.lls.org.



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