WINNIPEG, Sept. 27, 2017 /CNW/ - On Saturday September 30, 2017 over 1,000 participants will gather at The Forks to take part in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada's 5th annual Light The Night Walk in Winnipeg. 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 Manitoba resident, Billie Fontaine, and her team of friends and family, will be among those in attendance.
"On April 25, 2014 my life changed forever. I was diagnosed with AML (acute myeloid leukemia)," says Billie. "By sharing my own journey as an honoured hero for Light The Night, I hope it will help bring awareness and hope to other patients and survivors."
In 2016, over 35,000 Canadians participated in Light The Night Walks and 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 Winnipeg will feature family-friendly activities, a celebration of honoured heroes and survivors, 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 204-291-3642 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