Light the Night Walk

The Light the Night Walk was a two-mile twilight walk in which participants carried illuminated balloons to celebrate and commemorate the lives touched by cancer. Cancer supporters carried red balloons, while cancer survivors carried white balloons.

The Fairfield County (Connecticut) Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosted two Light The Night walks in September 2001 as part of "National Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month." The Axe Out Leukemia team walked on Thursday, September 20th at Cove Island Park in Stamford; the second walk was on Friday, September 21st at Penfield Pavilion I in Fairfield.

Event festivities included a DJ, clowns, food, and refreshments. Event sponsors include: News 12 Connecticut, WEBE 108FM, WICC 600AM, Tropicana, American Steakhouse, SoBe, and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

For more information, to set up a team for future Light the Night Walks, or to walk as an individual in Fairfield County, Connecticut, please contact Wendy Logan at 203-967-8326 or at

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The National Light The Night Event

The Leukemia & Lymphoma SocietySM held its Light The Night Walk events nationwide on Sept. 20-23, 2001. An estimated 125,000 participants, as well as sponsors, walked in almost 200 cities to honor those touched by blood-related cancers and to help find a cure.

Although major walks were cancelled in New York City because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Light The Night raised $10.5 million nationwide.  The Washington, DC Walk, which had been postponed, took place on Oct. 16.

"In light of the recent tragic events affecting our country, we are pleased with our national results," said Dwayne Howell, Society President and CEO. "Our participants knew there are people suffering from blood-related cancers who need their help. The fight against cancer continues.

"Our Walk took on an even greater significance as we saluted the victims and the heroes of the terrorist tragedies in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. But our Walk participants and sponsors know that people dealing with blood-related cancers deal with the tragedy of these diseases everyday. We're grateful for their support, especially in the wake of these terrible recent events."

Light The Night is the Society's nationwide evening walk to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. Funds are raised to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.  In communities across the country, the two- to three-mile Walk featured flickering red and white balloons. Participants carried red illuminated balloons; cancer survivors carried white balloons. While there was no registration fee, those who raised $25 or more carried the illuminated balloons.

For those who weren't able to attend but wanted to honor loved ones, messages were displayed on special dedication banners. Banners to support the Society's advocacy efforts were signed at all Walk locations.

The funds raised through Light The Night continue to allow the Society to fulfill its mission of caring and finding cures. "We are very grateful to everyone who took part in this event," said Anthony Buffone, National Walk Director. "Individual walkers, groups, corporate teams, volunteers and businesses that donated supplies helped us make our event so successful."

Each day, nearly 300 people in the United States learn they have a blood-related cancer. Every nine minutes, another child or adult is expected to die from leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma, for an estimated 60,300 deaths this year. These blood-related cancers will account for nearly 11 percent of the deaths in 2001 based on the total of 553,400 cancer-related deaths nationwide.


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This site is maintained by Peter Klein and is not associated with the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, Team-in-Training or The Light the Night Walk other than the participation in the Society's  programs of the individuals included in this site.  
Last updated on October 28, 2003 .