For Immediate Release
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada hosts 6th annual Light The Night Walk in Halifax
October 11, 2016 – On Saturday, October 15th, thousands of participants will gather at Garrison Grounds to take part in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s 6th annual Light The Night Walk in Halifax. At twilight, participants will walk in solidarity along a designated 4 Km route to bring help and hope to the more than 100,000 Canadians affected by a blood cancer.
Canadians like Bedford, N.S. resident, Olivia Mason, will be among those in attendance. At only 11 years old, the vibrant girl was diagnosed with an aggressive form of blood cancer, acute myeloid leukemia. Over the course of the next six months, she was put under the care of Dr. Jason Berman, a blood cancer researcher currently funded by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Her treatment regimen included five rounds of chemotherapy, three radiation sessions, and 29 blood or platelet transfusions. Despite the harrowing journey, Olivia got back on her feet and is today a healthy and active senior in high school.
“Thank you so much for everything you’ve done,” wrote Mason, a member of team Olivia’s Divas that’s looking to raise $10,000, in a note to Light The Night participants. “You are helping so many people, not just today, but for years to come!”
Light The Night Walks is an opportunity for groups of friends, families and colleagues to form teams to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada in honour of loved ones affected by the disease and in memory of those who’ve lost their lives.
In 2015, over 35,000 Canadians raised $5.4 million to help fund world-class researchers working on the most promising projects in Canada to improve treatments or find cures for the various forms of blood cancers. In addition, monies raised make it possible to provide free information and support services to blood cancer patients and their caregivers.
At the Light The Night Walk in Halifax, members of team Olivia’s Divas will join thousands of others to walk along the designated route while holding illuminated lanterns at sundown. The event is family-friendly and includes a kids zone, as well as, a fireworks display.
To start a team or to learn more, please call 902-422-5999 or visit www.lightthenight.ca.
About Light The Night Walk
Each year, in communities across Canada, teams of families, friends, and co-workers walk into the night holding illuminated lanterns to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada at the Light The Night Walks. Together, they bring help and hope to people affected by blood cancers and their families. The Walks are an inspirational and memorable evening event that takes place in nearly 200 communities across North America each fall. There are 11 official Canadian Light The Night Walks and dozens of volunteer-hosted community and school walks across the country. Visit LightTheNight.ca to learn more.
About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is the single largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancers in the country. LLSC funds lifesaving blood cancer research across Canada, and provides free information and support services. Our mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
1660 Hollis St., Suite HS2
Halifax, N.S. B3J 1V7
National Office Location:
804-2 Lansing Square
Toronto, ON M2J 4P8
Charitable Registration#: 10762 3654 RR0001
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For more information please contact:
Krissy Arbuckle, 902-422-5999; 902-220-0304