Light the Night ® Walk and ABC7 -- taking steps to make someday today. ABC7 is excited to announce that we are partnering with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in promoting the Light The Night Walks throughout the Bay Area.
THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. We are saving lives not someday, but today.
LLS funds research to advance more breakthrough therapies for blood cancer patients. We are the voice for all blood cancer patients, and we are working to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. Despite progress, more than a third of blood cancer patients still do not survive five years after their diagnosis, so more funding is needed to advance research and ensure access to treatments to help save more lives. More than $1 billion has been invested in research through LLS to save the lives of blood cancer.
TAKING STEPS TO SAVE LIVES
Light The Night Walk is an annual evening walk that raises funds for LLS's mission: to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
The Light The Night Walk is a powerful and unique fundraising campaign from LLS, which brings together families, communities and companies to honor blood cancer survivors and loved ones lost to the disease. The event also shines a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients. The Walks fund treatments that are saving lives of patients today. LLS is accelerating cures by providing patient support services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments and the most promising cancer research anywhere. And it's all happening now.
EXPERIENCE A LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK
During the Walk, participants symbolically light the dark world of cancer by carrying illuminated lanterns to show how their lives have been affected by blood cancer: red for supporters, white for survivors, and gold for those walking in memory of a loved one lost to cancer.
The Light The Night Walk is a family-friendly, non-competitive two-mile walk route and is accessible to all fitness levels. Participants who raise $100 or more will become a Champion for Cures and will receive:
Find your local walk or consider donating today. Registration is simple - call 877-LTN-WALK (877-586-9255) or visit https://registration.lightthenight.org/event-search to create a team or walk as an individual.
To join the ABC7 team, click here.
Funds are raised by sending out emails (every registered walker receives his/her own online fundraising page), asking for donations, submitting matching-gift forms and holding fundraising events. We invite everyone to come and join us as we join in the effort to cure cancer and help patients.
2015 BAY AREA AND SILICON VALLEY LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK DATES
Napa Valley - September 26, 2015 at Veterans Memorial Park, Napa
North Bay - October 10, 2015 at Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa
Peninsula - October 17, 2015 at City Hall Plaza, Palo Alto
San Jose - October 24, 2015 at Discovery Meadow, San Jose
East Bay - November 7, 2015 at Civic Park, Walnut Creek
San Francisco - November 12, 2015 at AT&T Park, San Francisco
BLOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
September is National Blood Cancer Awareness Month. This September, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is sharing proof of impact. With your help, LLS funds research, patient support and advocacy that is saving lives. Be part of that proof, help LLS raise $400,000 this month. #LLSPROOF
Nearly 40% of new cancer therapies approved by the FDA between 2000 and 2014 were first approved for blood cancer patients. Since the early 1960s, five-year survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled. In 1964, the five-year survival rate for children with the most commonly diagnosed leukemia was 3%. Today, it's approximately 90%. Nearly 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with, or in remission from, a blood cancer.
Learn more about the local chapter at www.lightthenight.org/gba.
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For more information about LLS, visit www.LLS.org.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you at the Light The Night Walk.