VANCOUVER, Oct. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada's (LLSC) Vancouver Region will celebrate its 11th annual Light The Night® Walk on Saturday October 17 at Stanley Park, Lumberman's Arch in Vancouver at 4:00 pm.
The special star of this year's Vancouver walk is 29-year-old Amanda Roman. While training to become a firefighter, Amanda was plagued with shortness of breath and a chronic cough. A trip to emergency in June 2014 lead to a diagnosis of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Amanda's positive attitude and fighting spirit, as she underwent several rounds of chemo and more recently a stem cell transplant, makes her an inspiration to anyone that meets her. This year, as Honoured Hero, Amanda will provide inspiration and support to Light The Night participants, volunteers and staff.
"This journey is one I hope to never go through again, but it's something that has given me so much more than I can describe." said Roman. Amanda will be joined by over 2000 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 LLSC's annual walk and fundraising event, and the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams and 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 the British Columbia/Yukon chapter at 604-733-2873 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.
British Columbia/Yukon Chapter
303 – 1401 W. Broadway
Vancouver BC V6H 1H6
SOURCE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
For further information: Kristina Keith, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, 604-733-2873, Kristina.firstname.lastname@example.org