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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Kicks Off New Light The Night Fall Campaign

By The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Connecticut/Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Connecticut/Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter will celebrate its 2017 Light The Night® announces the Fall Walk Schedule.

Light The Night is a series of fundraising campaigns benefiting LLS and their funding of research to find blood cancer cures. Coming together for a common goal, friends, family and co-workers form fundraising walk teams and gather together to celebrate, honor or remember those touched by cancer. Millions of consumers also help by donating at retail outlets. Culminating in inspiration and memorable evening walks every fall, participants in 150 communities across North America join together carrying illuminated lanterns to take steps to end cancer – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.

For the first time ever, this year’s Light The Night walks across the nation will encompass a new event day experience including:
· Fireworks, a spectacular display will light up the dark sky in celebration and support of survivors and the strides LLS is making to find cures;
· Survivor Circle, where survivors celebrate by taking part in an inspiring survivor ceremony where they raise their white lanterns in unison as the white beam of hope reaches up to the sky, illuminating the darkness;
· Remembrance Pavilion, for those who have lost family, friends and co-workers to come together to celebrate their memory and leave tributes to their loved ones.

“At Light The Night, it is our aim to bring light to the darkness of cancer through research and cures. We are taking steps to end cancer,” said Deb Barker, LLS Executive Director. “The light and warmth we generate delivers hope in time of despair, community in place of loneliness and life-saving research and support for cancer patients and their families LLS’s Light The Night fund treatments that are saving the lives of patients not someday, but today.”

This year, walks will be held at:

Westchester County & Lower Hudson Valley
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Kingsland Point Park
Sleepy Hollow, NY

Fairfield County
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Harbor Point Commons Park
Stamford, CT

Hartford County
Thursday, October 19,2017
Bushnell Park
Hartford, CT

LLS is 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. Yet, despite these advances, about one third of patients with blood cancer still do not survive even five years after their diagnosis.

Sponsors for Light The Night events in Hartford County, Fairfield County and Westchester County include: Aetna, Boston Children’s Health Physicians, CCI, Edge-On-Hudson, Gen Re, Hartford Health Care, New England Smart Energy, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Westchester Bank, Trefz Family Restaurants, Westchester Medical Health Center Network, RCCA, United Healthcare Community Plan, Excel Urgent Care, The Bristol Assisted Living and J.Crew. Media sponsors include: Eyewitness News WFSB Channel 3, AM 1490 WGCH Hartford Courant, News 12, Serendipity Magazine, Westchester Family Magazine and Westchester Talk Radio.

In-Kind Sponsors include: Aldi, Black Eyed Sally’s Restaurant, California Pizza Kitchen, Collective Difference, Costco, Darien Doughnuts, Deep River Snacks, Fairway Market, Fresh Market, Kona Grill, LarJ Photography, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Ruth’s Chris, Shake Shack, Bill Shea Photography, Spectra Food Services, Starbucks, Shop Rite, Stop and Shop, Ted’s Montana Grill, United Rentals, Utz Snacks, and Westchester Grill.

Volunteers for the event include: Microsoft, St. Joseph’s Medical School, Westchester Community College, Volunteer New York! and Young Women’s League of New Canaan.

To learn more about opportunities to form a team, become a sponsor or volunteer, please call Roger Drake, Sr. Campaign Director, Light The Night, Connecticut Westchester Lower Hudson Valley chapter. Contact information is 203-388-9174 or roger.drake@lls.org or visit www.lightthenight.org/CTWHV.

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 is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

For more information, contact Roger Drake, Sr. Director of Light The Night, at the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Connecticut Westchester Lower Hudson Valley Chapter,
3 Landmark Square, Suite 330, Stamford, CT 06901, 203-388-9174 and roger.drake@lls.org

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