For Immediate Release
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada hosts 8th annual Light The Night Walk in Quebec City
September 21, 2016 – On Saturday, September 24, thousands will gather at Parc de l’Esplanade to take part in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s 8th annual Light The Night Walk in Quebec City. 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.
Quebec City resident, Benoît Boivin, will be among those in attendance. In January of 2013, the father of two simply couldn’t shake a bad cold. In his attempts to get treatment for what he believed to be a virus or an infection at the hospital, he received news from doctors that it was in fact an aggressive form of blood cancer, acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Over the course of several months, he would be in and out of the hospital, for rounds of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. In August of that year, he returned home for good.
Je n’aurais pas pu recevoir ce cadeau sans l’évolution de la recherche permis avec l’aide de la Société de leucémie et de lymphome du Canada,” admits Benoît, who is part of a Light The Night team that’s looking to raise $5,000. “Je me considère miraculé…et les gens qui m’entourent ont le même sentiment à mon égard.”
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 Quebec City, Benoît will join 2,000 others to walk along the designated route while holding illuminated lanterns at sundown. The event is family-friendly and includes free entertainment including activities for kids and live music.
To start a team or to learn more, please call 418-614-1495 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.
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:
Patrick Duchesneau, 418-614-1495