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St. Louis Light The Night Walk Aims to be in Top 10

Luke with Richard J. Mark

Richard J. Mark, Light The Night Corporate Chair, President & CEO of Ameren Illinois, & Honored Hero Luke (Age 11) lit the night wiht hope.

Sept. 27, 2013 -- On Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, the Gateway Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosted its 15th Annual Light The Night Walk.  The St. Louis Walk is currently ranked 12 among 200 walk sites across the country, which raises funds for the 1.1 million Americans living with a blood cancer.  The St. Louis walk celebrated $930, 000 raised but supporters have until January 31 to continue the fight for their $1 million goal.

15,000 friends, family members and co-workers carried illuminated lanterns to shine a light on the dark world of cancer which raised funds for lifesaving research and support for people battling blood cancer. Currently there are 67 drugs newly FDA-approved as cancer treatments since 2000, 28 were first approved as treatments for blood cancer patients. Sixteen of 28 have been repurposed to treat patients with solid tumors like breast, colon, lung and liver cancers.

The Light The Night Walk is the biggest contributor in LLS' investment of $11.6 million to researchers in the Gateway Chapter. Additionally, in fiscal year 2013, the Gateway Chapter contributed $73,600 in financial aid to patients, provided co-pay assistance of more than $1.18 million, served more than 5,000 patients and their families with financial support, education and support groups, and was active in more than 600 schools on cancer and volunteerism and supported children returning to school after treatment.

"We had more than 500 teams fundraising for this event, but on Sept. 27 they became one team for one goal: to help patients with blood cancers live better, longer lives by finding a cure," says Richard J. Mark, Light The Night Corporate Chair, CEO and President of Ameren Illinois.

Light The Night, which has until January 31 to raise $1 million, was possible in special part to multiple community partners, including:

Ameren Corporation, Nidec Motor Corporation, Centene Corporation, PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc., Shade Tree Service Company, Siteman Cancer Center, Albrecht Family Foundation, Chapman and Cutler Law Firm, Coventry Health Care, Enterprise Financial, Esse Health Foundation, FedEx Office, Friends & Family of Dixie Shadow, Simmons First National Bank, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Volkert Inc, Worldwide Technology Inc., AT&T-Gateway, BJC Healthcare, David C. Pratt Cancer Center, Delmar Gardens, Drury Hotels, LLC, Edward Jones, HeplerBroom, LLC, LMI Aerospace, McGrath & Associates, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Schnucks, SLU Cancer Center, Stifel, UPS, Gateway Energy & Coke Co., Missouri Foundation for Health, St. Anthony's Medical Center, Stephen & Camilla Brauer, TKH, Inc., Play it Forward with the Missouri Lottery, McAlister's Deli , KPLR, KTVI, KEZK, KMOX, KYKY, KATZ, KBWX, KLOU, KMJM, KSD-FM, KSLZ, KFTK, KHITS, KPNT, KSHE, WARH, WIL, WXOS, KTRS, WFUN and WHHL.

For additional information on Light The Night, contact Debbie Kersting at 314-660-9956 or or Kelly Wahl at 314-422-4075 or

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 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.


last updated on Thursday, October 10, 2013