EDMONTON, Sept. 20, 2017 /CNW/ - On Saturday September 23, 2017 over 1,500 participants will gather at William Hawrelak Park to take part in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada's 11th annual Light The Night Walk in Edmonton. At twilight, participants will walk in solidarity along a designated 4 Km route to bring help and hope to the more than 138,000 Canadians affected by a blood cancer.
Canadians like Edmonton resident, Luke Wawrinchuk, and his girlfriend, Taylor Girard, will be among those in attendance.
"I am a non-Hodgkins lymphoma survivor and was diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma at the age of 18. I am happy to say that I have now been cancer free for over 7 years," says Luke, this year's honoured hero for the Edmonton Walk. "I am grateful for being a part of this event and I urge others to join the fight against blood cancers!"
In 2016, over 35,000 Canadians raised $5.4 million to help fund world-class researchers working on the most promising projects in Canada to improve treatments or find cures for the various forms of blood cancers. In addition, monies raised make it possible to provide free information and support services to blood cancer patients and their caregivers.
This year's Light The Night Walk in Edmonton will feature family-friendly activities including face painting, gaming from Microsoft, and food for all registered walkers donated by Westrow Foods.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
5:00pm | Registration Opens
5:00pm | Remembrance Pavilion Opens
7:10pm | Main Stage Program
7:30pm | Walk Starts
About Light The Night Walk
Each year, in communities across Canada, teams of families, friends, and co-workers walk into the night holding illuminated lanterns to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada at the Light The Night Walks. Together, they bring help and hope to people affected by blood cancers and their families. The Walks are an inspirational and memorable evening event that takes place in nearly 200 communities across North America each fall. There are 11 official Canadian Light The Night Walks and dozens of volunteer-hosted community and school walks across the country. Visit LightTheNight.ca to learn more.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is the single largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancers in the country. LLSC funds lifesaving blood cancer research across Canada, and provides free information and support services. Our mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
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To start a team or to learn more, please call 780-399-8010 or visit LightTheNight.ca
SOURCE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
For further information: Lauren Atkinson, Calgary - Prairies Regional Director, 403-263-5300, 403-606-8700, Lauren.Atkinson@lls.org, National Office: 804-2 Lansing Square, Toronto, ON M2J 4P8, Charitable Registration#: 10762 3654 RR0001