Hundreds turn out to ‘Light The Night’ fundraising event

by Oscar Rogel, Staff Writer 662 views0

Over 1,500 people came to Bridgeport Park on Oct. 13 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk to bring help and hope for people battling blood cancer.

Funds are raised by families, friends, teams, and companies in order to provide free educational materials and events for patients and their families, peer-to-peer counseling program, and personalized assistance from the information resource center.

Light The Night Picture by Oscar Rogel

Walkers participating in the event carry illuminated balloons during the night time walk. White balloons represented all blood cancer survivors, gold balloons represented the memory of a loved one lost to blood cancer, and red balloons represented supporters joining the fight against blood cancer.

For individuals or teams that raise $100 or more received a Light The Night t-shirt with an illuminated balloon and become a Champion for Cures for the event.

Campaign manager for the Santa Clarita Light The Night Walk Margaux Badalato continues to help raise funds to hopefully someday find a cure against blood cancer.

“Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer and every 10 minutes losing their battle with blood cancer,” said Badalato.  “I lost my little cousin to blood cancer so this event is hits me on a personal level and as well relate to other people who have lost a loved one.”

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society continues to raise funds against leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.

Light The Night Walk is held all across the country with three a year in Los Angeles county area in September and October supporting multiple research organizations.

For more information about The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk visit

Oscar Rogel, Staff Writer

Born and raised in city of Santa Clarita, Oscar Rogel is a full time student at College Of The Canyons, and has a full time job. Oscar is on his way to being the first in his family to earn his AA degree. He is currently enrolled in the MEA 225 class to continue to improve his skills in all areas to one day work for a Television News or Radio Station. Oscar has some nice experience when it comes to being in front of crowd or being asked to get a job done. From 2004 to 2010 Oscar served in United States Marines Corps where he was a Motarman for his Marine reserve unit and in 2009 deployed overseas to Iraq. In between that time frame Oscar also continued to take classes at C.O.C. and discovering a passion for music learning how to play guitar and bass and being part of a few bands along the way playing a couple of live shows. He has had experience with doing some work with SCVTV and interning at KHTS radio. In the end Oscar Rogel brings discipline, patience, a hard work ethic, and a eagerness to learn more to improve his skills.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

%d bloggers like this: