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.
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 http://www.lightthenight.org/los/