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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Light The Night
& 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.
"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
"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.