More than 3,500 people gathered together Saturday, November 4, to help raise funds for cancer research and the support of patients and their families. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Connecticut-Westchester-Hudson Valley chapter (LLS-CWHV) hosted their annual Light the Night Walk, complete with music, entertainment, and remembrance ceremonies.
Participants carried with them multi-colored lanterns — red for supporters, white for survivors of blood cancers, and gold for those walking in memory of a loved one. Tributes and the Survivors Circle paid homage to those affected by lymphoma, leukemia, and Hodgkin’s disease, and fireworks celebrated advances in medical care and treatment, as well as the patients themselves.
This year’s Honored Hero was 12-year-old Charlie Levine of Nyack, a survivor of acute lymphoblastic leukemia still currently undergoing treatment. Levine was honored in the opening ceremony, featuring master of ceremonies Tara Rosenblum of News 12 Westchester.
When all was said and done, the evening’s fundraising efforts collected more than $600,000 dollars for research and to aid patients and their families.
“At Light The Night, it is our aim to bring light to the darkness of cancer through research and cures that are saving the lives of patients not someday, but today,” LLS Executive Director Deborah Baker said in a statement. “When we walk, cancer runs, and every step we take brings us one step closer to finding cures.”
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was founded in 1949 and is based out of Westchester in the town of Rye Brook. To donate or get involved with the organization and its fundraising events, visit www.LLS.org. Patients may also contact the Information Resource Center by calling 1-800-955-4571 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.