Five Things to Know Before the LLS Light The Night Walk
1. It’s for a great cause.
This event is a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which serves to fund research to find a cure for blood cancers. LLS also hales with patient assistance and advocacy programs. The event also serves to raise awareness for those affected by blood cancer.
2. There’s no pressure.
The walk is easy and non-competitive, so you don’t have to be in tip-top shape to participate. It’s family friendly, too, and kids are more than welcome to get involved! This is an event that’s fun for the whole family.
3. It’s Free.
That’s right. You can participate in the walk, play games, enjoy live music and attend a memorial service, all free of charge! You’ll also get a free (and delicious) meal as the Wagonmasters will be grilling hotdogs and hamburgers.
4. Colors are important.
It would be hard to Light the Night without lanterns! Pay attention to the color of the lanterns, as each color indicates something different. Supporters are given red lanterns, white lanterns signify survivors, and gold lanterns will be lit in memory of someone lost to the disease.
5. YOU can help.
While registration for the event is free, LLS will be accepting donations. All contributions are greatly appreciated and will directly benefit those affected by blood cancer. Help make a difference.
About the Light The Night Walk
The Light the Night Walk will be held at Exploration Place on Saturday, September 17. The event, hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphona Society, helps raise funds for treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. The event features a live concert, costumed characters bouncy houses, life sized games a barbecue and more. There will also be a memorial service to remember those who have been lost to the disease, a special project for cancer survivors, and other activities. Last year, the event boasted more than 1,000 people in attendance.
"We hope to show our support for those in our community affected by blood cancer. The evening is meant to show our support for those fighting the disease and to honor those whose lives have been lost. It is a beautiful evening for everyone," said Chris Elmore of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
Specific designations will be given to participants meeting benchmark fundraising goals. Among these are Champions for Cures, walkers who raise $100 or more and receive a lantern and a t-shirt. Teams that raise $5,000 or more will receive a space in the Champions Lane Tent, complete with carnival themes games, photo area and snacks. Individuals raising $1,000 or more are granted access to a Leadership tent (must be 21 to enter this tent) and will receive a fully catered meal from Texas Roadhouse, as well as beer and wine form Auburn Spirits.
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