Thousands Will Walk to Cure Cancer at
2011 Light The Night Walk at Playland on November 5th
WHITE PLAINS, NY – The Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will hold its 2011 Westchester County Light The Night Walk at Playland Amusement Park in Rye on Saturday, November 5 at 5 p.m. Over 4,000 participants will walk and carry illuminated balloons to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. More than just a Walk, the event includes entertainment, food, and fireworks over the Playland boardwalk. This year’s Westchester Walk is expected to raise $640,000 for LLS. Those interested in participating or volunteering can register online at www.lightthenight.org/wch.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk funds lifesaving research and support for people battling cancer. Friends, families and co-workers form teams and millions of customers help by donating at retail outlets. These efforts culminate in inspirational, memorable evening walks in over two hundred communities each fall across North America.
Each Light The Night Walk has at least one Honored Patient, a local survivor of blood cancer to whom LLS pays tribute. This year’s Honored Patients include: six-year-old Anthony Puoti of Yonkers, a survivor of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL); Bettina Oddo of Pelham Manor, a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; Debi Fitzpatrick of Yonkers, a survivor of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML); and seven-year-old Sammy Zweig of Stamford, CT, a survivor of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).
These Honored Patients are living examples of the sobering reality that every four minutes in this country someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every ten minutes, someone dies from the disease. Despite the successful advances in medical research, leukemia still claims the lives of more children and young adults under the age of 20 than any other cancer.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, based in White Plains, NY, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Funds raised from Light The Night provide significant support to these programs. Last year, the Westchester/Hudson Valley Walks in Rye, Nyack, and Goshen, NY included more than 7,000 walkers who collectively raised more than $760,000. Nationally, Light The Night raised $45 million in 2010.
For more information on participation, volunteering, or sponsoring at any of the local Light The Night Walks, contact LLS’s Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter at 914-821-8362, or visit www.lightthenight.org/wch.
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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.