Friends, families and co-workers will gather over three Saturday evenings in October to raise funds and awareness for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's National Capital Area Chapter. The 2012 Light The Night Walks will take place on October 6 in Rockville, MD at the Rockville Town Square, October 13 in Washington, DC at Freedom Plaza, and October 20 in Northern Virginia at the Reston Town Center.
Walkers raise funds in honor of local Honored Heroes, patient or survivors of blood cancer who provide inspiration and support. The 2012 Honored Heroes include five-year-old leukemia survivor Rett Bush of Germantown, MD; DC resident and leukemia survivor Ashley Crews; leukemia survivor Brianna Garcia of Springfield, VA; non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia survivor Rachel Kesselman of Arlington, VA; and six-year-old Peter Kress of Arlington, VA who is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia.
"The Light The Night Walks are truly a memorable experience," said Gabrielle Urquhart, Executive Director of the National Capital Area Chapter. "The encouragement felt by patients from families and friends to continue the fight against blood cancer is captured in a beautiful vision or red and white illuminated balloons. Gold balloons are held in memory of those who have lost their battle and serve to remind us that there is still work to be done. The collective effort put forth by our walkers, sponsors and media partners help make the Light The Night walks a success every year."
Brian Monday, Regional President of TD Bank, serves as the event's Corporate Walk Chair. Over the past six months, Brian's commitment to the Light The Night Walks has been instrumental in their success, sharing the impact these inspirational events have on furthering blood cancer treatment in the communities TD Bank serves. Through this inspirational event, Brian has found a way to garner his enduring commitment in sharing a sense of community.
WMZQ, WASH FM, WBIG and WUSA9 will serve as media partners at this year's Light The Night Walks. Lisa Berigan of WBIG will lead the Montgomery County event. WUSA9's Anita Brikman will serve as honorary chair and will emcee the Washington, DC event, with help from WASH FM's Bill Worthington. The Northern Virginia walk will be led by WUSA9's Leslie Foster.
Walkers will enjoy live music, food and beverages, and family activities before and after the three Light The Night Walks. More than 8,500 people are set to take steps for a cure walking with illuminated balloons in support or in memory of blood cancer patients. Last year, the national campaign raised more than $50 million in approximately 185 communities, and this year the campaign anticipates reaching even greater fundraising heights.
For more information on forming a team or volunteering at an event, visit www.lightthenight.org/nca or call (703) 399-2941.