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Light The Night Walks Aim to Raise More Than $2 Million For Research & Patient Services

Friends, families and co-workers will gather over three Saturday nights in October to raise funds and awareness for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The 2011 Light The Night Walks will take place on October 1 in Northern Virginia at the Reston Town Center, October 15 in Washington, DC at Freedom Plaza, and October 22 in Rockville, MD at the Rockville Town Square.

Walkers raise funds in honor of local Honored Heroes, patient or survivors of blood cancer who provide inspiration and support to Light The Night Walkers. The 2011 Honored Heroes include Leukemia survivor Alex Menze of Alexandria; Arlington resident and Lymphoma survivor Hunt Allard; Leukemia survivor and Bethesda Walt Whitman High school student Marcela Falck-Bados and five-year-old Leukemia survivor Tyler DeMille of Fairfax.

"The Light The Night Walks are truly a special event," said Gabrielle Urquhart, Executive Director of the National Capital Area Chapter. "Seeing so many white and red balloons inspires patients, their families and friends to continue to fight against blood cancer. The gold balloons in memory of those lost serve to remind us that there is still work to be done. We are thankful to all of our walkers, sponsors and media partners for their collective efforts that help make the Light The Night walks a success every year."

Doug Staebler, Vice President of Operation, Engineering & Marketing of Washington Gas, and Bob Morgan, co-founder and CEO of MorganFranklin are co-chairs for the 2011 Light The Night Walk. Doug and Bob have participated in the walks for seven and six years respectively, and bring their passion for the event and expertise to the co-chair position. Over the past six months, they have worked with the Executive Leadership Team to make the 2011 Light The Night Walks a success.

ClearChannel, WUSA9 & Pamela's Punch will serve as media partners at this year's Light The Night Walks. WUSA9?s Anita Brikman will serve as honorary chair and will emcee the Washington, DC event, with help from WASH?s Bill Worthington. The Northern Virginia walk will be led by WMZQ's Boxer and WUSA9's Leslie foster, while WBIG Lisa Berigan will lead the Montgomery County event.

Walkers will enjoy live music, food and beverages, and family activities before and after the three Light The Night Walks. More than 7,500 people are set to take steps for a cure in Northern, Virginia, Washington, DC & Maryland, walking with illuminated balloons in support or in memory of blood cancer patients

For more information on forming a team or volunteering at an event, visit or call
(703) 399-2942.

last updated on Thursday, September 22, 2011