Tallahassee, FL - Every year more than 100,000 cases of blood, bone marrow and lymph node cancers are diagnosed in U.S. The Centers for Disease Control say about half of them die. And among children and teens younger than 20, leukemia is the most common cancer, and the leading cause of cancer death.
Thursday night, more than 1,200 people helped light the night to raise awareness about these types of cancers and remember those who have lost the battle already.
"My father passed away ten years ago from multiple myeloma," said Danielle Burke. This is the 7th year Burke has attended this "Light the Night" event.
"We've raised $760 and it's the most we've ever done," said Burke.
That money will go toward, possibly thousands more, raised to fight cancer, specifically blood cancers, like the multiple myeloma that took Burke's father and her children's grandfather.
"My fiance has had Hodgkin Lymphoma for three years," said Maja Kuranz. That diagnosis sparked her to make a difference and help organize the event.
It was a night of fun, music and camaraderie as people held up lighted balloons in honor of those who have lost their life to cancer, survived it, or still fighting it.
Together they gathered near the Unconquered Statue at Langford Green to raise awareness and a balloon and take a step in this short walk in the long road ahead in fighting cancer.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society says its invested more than $875 million dollars over the past 60 years toward developing better cancer treatments.
Festivities are underway for the annual light the night walk on FSU's Langford Green.
It's an annual event to raise awareness and money for the leukemia and lymphoma society.
Organizers say 1,200 people are expected to attend tonight.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Release
Each year, in communities all across North America, teams of families, friends, co-workers and local and national corporations come together to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS's) Light The Night Walk, bringing help and hope to people battling blood cancers.
Light The Night Walk events are evenings filled with inspiration. During this leisurely walk, walkers carry illuminated balloons - white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer - thousands of walkers - men, women and children - form a community of caring, bringing light to the dark world of cancer.
Funds raised by teams and individual walkers provide lifesaving blood cancer research, free educational materials and events for patients and their families, local programs such as Family Support Groups and First Connection, a peer-to-peer counseling program and comprehensive, personalized assistance through our Information Resource Center.
When: Thursday, November 15, 2012
6:00 p.m. - Check-in and festivities begin
6:30 p.m. - Remembrance ceremony
7:00 p.m. - Walk begins
Where: FSU Campus/Langford Green 600 West College Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Hundreds of people participate in the annual Tallahassee Light The Night Walk. Walkers hold balloons with colors of special significance.
White balloons are carried by survivors; red balloons by supporters; gold ones are carried by walkers who are walking in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.