SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --The Light The Night Walk is a fundraising campaign benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or LLS, and their funding of research to find blood cancer cures. This year, the San Jose Earthquakes are the host sponsor and Avaya Stadium is the new venue for the 2016 Silicon Valley Light The Night walk.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has teamed up with the MLS San Jose Earthquakes, for the annual fundraiser, along with hosting a big kickoff dinner to try to drum up support and interest from other corporate sponsors. However, the Quakes interest and connection with LLS goes deeper, as the team has been personally affected by blood cancers in more than one way. Earthquakes Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Jed Mettee is a Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor, beating cancer 12-years ago. And in 2003, former Quakes player Todd Dunivant won the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's man of the year campaign, after his brother was diagnosed with leukemia.
For every LLS Light The Night walk, an honored hero is featured, and this year's honoree is Liam Sousa. Liam was just 18-months old when he was diagnosed, and had to undergo four rounds of chemotherapy.
In partnership with the San Jose Earthquakes, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is bringing an entirely new walk experience to patients, families, and the Silicon Valley community. Mark your calendars - on October 22, 2016, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will be hosting its first ever Silicon Valley Light The Night Walk at a brand-new venue, Avaya Stadium, the official home of the San Jose Earthquakes.
The top 2016 Silicon Valley Light The Night Walk Partners are SanDisk, San Jose Earthquakes, Silicon Valley Bank, PwC, Walgreens, Deloitte, BD Biosciences, Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Rambus.
To join in and participate by lighting the night with hope, and bring help and hope to those affected by cancer, click here.