WHITE PLAINS, NY – The Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will hold its Westchester Light The Night® evening fundraising Walk on Saturday, November 2nd at Playland Amusement Park in Rye. Festivities begin at 5:00pm and the Walk begins at 7:00pm. The event also includes food, family activities, entertainment, and a fireworks show. More than 5,000 walkers are expected. Participants raise money to support blood cancer research and provide support services for patients and their families. Those interested in participating or volunteering can register online at www.lightthenight.org/wch or call 914.821.8362.
Each Light The Night Walk honors local blood cancer survivors and commemorates individuals who have lost their lives to these diseases. The 2013 Westchester Honored Patients include: Carol Deleso of Tuckahoe, a survivor of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML); Brian Froehlich of Cortlandt Manor, a survivor of Hodgkin’s disease; and Christina Palmieri of New Rochelle, a survivor of Hodgkin’s disease. The Westchester In Memory Honorees are Dean Dimitriou of New Rochelle, who lost his battle to Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 53 in December 2012, and Monique Williams of Yorktown Heights, who lost her battle to acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at the age of 16 in September 2012.
The Light The Night Walk is a powerful and unique fundraising campaign of LLS, which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the disease, and shines a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Through Light The Night, anyone big, small, young and old can have maximum impact on the LLS mission to find cures and improve the quality of life for blood cancer patients and their families. As there is no means of preventing or early screening for blood cancer, Light The Night is helping LLS bring light to the dark world of cancer. Since it began in 1999, this national program of more than 200 walks across North America each fall has helped LLS invest more than $875 million in research to advance breakthrough cancer treatments that are saving lives today.
Last year, the three Westchester/Hudson Valley Walks in Westchester, Rockland, and Orange Counties included more than 7,000 walkers who collectively raised $857,000. Those interested in registering or volunteering for the 2013 Walks can visit www.lightthenight.org/wch or call 914.821.8362.
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 andheadquartered 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.