Each year, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world’s largest non-profit dedicated to fighting blood cancers, celebrates cancer survivors and supporters with evening walks throughout Greater Los Angeles called Light The Night, an annual fundraising and awareness campaign to support research and care for people diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and Hodgkin’s disease.
More than 130 Light The Night walks take place across North America each Fall; Walk participants carry illuminated lanterns – white in honor of survivors and the power of research, red in support of patients and finding cures, and gold in remembrance of those who lost their battle. Light The Night events bring together people from different walks of life because blood cancers impact everyone.
In anticipation for Light The Night, LLS held three events to help local corporations learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and how each individual and their company can help make a difference in the battle against cancer in their community.
Spreading out from Woodland Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, and Westwood, Light The Night hosted networking and inspirational happy hours, inviting local companies and representatives to attend and learn more about the cause.
Justin Wieging, Director of Light The Night, gave a short speech about the impact that LLS has made in the fight against blood cancers through research and free patient services locally in Southern California. He explained how companies and individuals can get involved through forming a team to participate or donating funds.
Racheli Peltier, Campaign Manager for Light The Night, shared her personal experience with LLS and how much the Society helped her in her fight against Hodgkin’s disease, a type of lymphoma. Now a survivor of the disease, she stood strong as an example of one of the millions of people that have found hope through LLS and their collective battle against cancer.
Through these events, LLS and Light The Night volunteers and staff were able to form new relationships with the community and local companies in anticipation of their upcoming Light The Night events happening this year in October 5th in Woodland Hills and November 9th in Los Angeles.
LLS was founded by a family for families, beginning 70 years ago at a time when a diagnosis of leukemia was nearly 100% fatal. Now, with the development of new treatments for childhood leukemia, to today’s advances in precision medicine and immunotherapy, LLS has had a colossal impact on advancing cancer cures, and changing the way cancer is treated and the care for patients, with a 90% survival rate in the most common of childhood blood cancers.
Through its efforts LLS has invested nearly $1.3 billion in cutting-edge research to advance therapies. Thanks to this research, survival rates for patients with many blood cancers have doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled since the early 1960s. Yet, despite these advances, about one third of patients with blood cancer still do not survive five years after their diagnosis.
To join one of our local Light The Night walks visit: http://lightthenight.org/calso