Light The Night is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual evening fundraising Walk to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. Each fall, teams of friends, families and co-workers gather in cities and towns across America. They walk in twilight, holding illuminated balloons - white for survivors and red for supporters, to raise awareness and funds to advance the Society's mission and show the world that they are relentless in pursuit of a cure for blood cancers. More than a walk, the evening includes music, food and family activities.
The Dallas Stars Organization brilliantly lit the night with red and white twinkling balloons in support of more than 747,000 Americans who are currently living with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Dallas Stars President Jim Lites, 2006 Light The Night Corporate Walk Chair, along with members from the Dallas Stars corporate offices banned together on the brisk evening of Sunday, October 29th to show their support in the fight against blood cancers. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual fundraising "Light the Night" walks are held nationwide in the fall to raise funds for cancer research and patient services.
"Light The Night is a celebration of life and survivorship, and a meaningful way to honor lives lost to blood cancer," said Lites. "The event is a great way to build a spirit of caring and cooperation among employees as they help others, and I am honored to serve as chair and to encourage commitment from local businesses and corporations. We are taking strides to save lives."
Walkers along with their friends, families, children and pets gathered at SMU amidst white tents full of supporters of all ages. A live band entertained the crowds as people ate, shared personal stories, and showed support for the cause. For those wishing to do more then just walk, Carter Blood Care provided mobile units on-site for blood donations. The Dallas Stars were able to donate over $12,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which exceeded the company-wide goal of raising $11,000 in support.
Since its founding in 1949, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has invested more than $424 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, the Society made 2.5 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. Every five minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and every ten minutes someone dies from blood cancer. Leukemia is the leading cause of cancer-related death among children under the age of 20. With so many people afflicted or affected by blood cancers, it is more important then ever to support the research and future eradication of blood disorders now so that one day in the future, blood cancers will be a thing of the past.