Light the Night

By KELSEY MARCHETTI // SEPT. 25, 2012 //

On Thursday, Oct. 11, Curry has a group participating in a fundraising walk called “Light the Night,” a national effort to raise awareness of leukemia and lymphoma.

Light the Night is a annual walk in Boston that raises awareness of leukemia and lymphoma. // WWW.LIGHTTHENIGHT.ORG //

The annual leukemia and lymphoma walks, held in cities throughout the country, aim to honor those who are fighting, who have survived, and who have lost the battle to one of these terrible diseases. The walks are held after the sun goes down, and participants hold glowing balloons to honor those they are walking for.

The Boston-area walk is hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and will start at the Boston Common.

If you’re interested in participating, you can sign up in the Student Activities office on the second floor of the Student Center. The bus will leave from the Student Center on Oct. 11 at 3:15 p.m. If you would like to volunteer at the walk, the group still needs people to pass out water, check people in, and hand out balloons.

There are three different balloons given out. If you walk with a white balloon, it means you’re walking for someone who has survived. Walking with a red balloon means the person you’re walking for is still fighting one of the diseases. Finally, walking with a gold balloon shows that you are walking in memory of someone who has passed away due to cancer.

Check in for the walk begins at 5 p.m. in Boston, and the walk starts at 7 p.m. If you are interested in starting your own walking group, you can register on the walk’s Web site.

Annually, Light the Night raises about $200,000 to go toward leukemia and lymphoma research. Every year, about 44,271 adults and 4,220 children are diagnosed with leukemia alone. There are approximately 71,000 diagnoses a year in the U.S.

I will be doing the walk for my family friend, Jill Eaves, who passed away on Oct. 11, 2011, of stage four leukemia. I’ll be walking with a team created in memory of her during Light the Night.

So if you’re looking for something charitable to do, get a group together and go raise some money for a cure.

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