Each year, in communities all across the United States and Canada, teams of families, friends, co-workers and local and national companies come together to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Light The Night® (LTN) Walk events, bringing help and hope to people battling blood cancers. Millions of consumers also help by donating at retail outlets. LTN Walk events are evenings filled with inspiration which kick off at a very appropriate time in September during Blood Cancer Awareness Month. During these leisurely walks, participants carry illuminated balloons - white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. Thousands of walkers - men, women and children - form a community of caring that brings light to the dark world of cancer. Since its inception, LTN has raised more than $410 million, with the 2012 walks alone bringing in $55 million for research and treatments that are making an impact on the lives of patients today.
LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers. LLS is saving lives not someday, but today. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. As a catalyst for critical research developments since 1949, LLS recently launched a new brand platform, “Someday is Today,” signifying the advances in research and breakthrough therapies that are bringing us closer to cures for blood cancers. To date, LLS has invested more than $875 million in research to advance therapies and save lives.
Kaidyn was six months old when he was diagnosed with AML. Two months later, Kaidyn received a bone marrow aspiration and was started on chemotherapy. Over the next ten months, Kaidyn was in and out of Children’s Hospital of Oakland. Kaidyn is now a healthy three year old boy with an ear to ear grin who participants in his local Light The Night each fall.Kaidyn, leukemia survivor
Everyone who participates in our Light The Night Walks is helping to find cures and ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. The funds raised by Light The Night participants are helping to advance therapies that are saving lives not someday, but today.John Walter, LLS President and CEO