LONDON, ON, Oct. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada's (LLSC) Ontario Region will celebrate its 4th annual Light The Night® Walk on Saturday October 17 at Victoria Park in London at 5:00 pm.
The special star of this year's London walk is 12-year-old Kiara Szabo. Kiara was diagnosed with A.L.L. (Acute Lymphomic Leukemia) at the age of 8. It was a long, hard battle but with the help of amazing doctors, Kiara won. During Kiara's journey, she witnessed many other children fighting their battle and felt a strong need to help. This lead to her participation in the Light The Night Walk since it first came to London. This year, as Honoured Hero, Kiara will provide inspiration and support to Light The Night participants, volunteers and staff.
"I believe that we can overcome anything we set our minds to, power, peace and purpose." said Szabo. Kiara will be joined by over 1500 of participants as they carry illuminated lanterns – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. Anyone big, small, young or old can shine a light on the importance of finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
Light The Night is the annual walk and fundraising event of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, and the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Friends, families and co-workers raise funds to support the LLSC mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma; and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. These efforts culminate in inspirational, memorable evening walks in nearly 200 communities across North America each fall.
LLSC and its US affiliate, LLS, are the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancers. Through its efforts it has invested more than $1 billion in cutting-edge research to advance therapies. Thanks to research, survival rates for patients with many blood cancers have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled since the early 1960s.
To form a team or to learn more, please call Meaghan Holder the London Campaign Manager at 519-204-3993 or visit www.lightthenight.ca .
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLSCanada.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.
SOURCE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
For further information: Meaghan Holder, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, 226-456-3879, Meaghan.firstname.lastname@example.org