Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is a global leader in the fight against cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma. 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 Rye Brook, NY, LLS has regional offices throughout the United States and Canada.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

A global leader in the fighter against cancer, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) (Desert Region) will celebrate its 2021 Light The Night campaign with a virtual and in-person option event at Greater Phoenix Light The Night on (Thursday, November 11, 2021).

Light The Night is a fundraising campaign 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. Millions of consumers also help by donating at retail outlets. Culminating in inspiration and memorable evening walks every fall, participants in 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.

Finish Line at LLS' Light the Night Walk

The global COVID-19 pandemic magnified the issues patients face beyond health concerns to include added distress, new financial worries, loneliness and uncertainty. In 2020, the pandemic stood in the way of any in-person Light The Night walks, but impactful virtual walks still took place across the country bringing the same level of passion and dedication to fight blood cancer. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, LLS has remained laser-focused on its mission priorities: Research, Education & Support and Policy & Advocacy.

“When you or someone you love hears the words ‘you have cancer’ it's one of the darkest moments in your life,” said Jim Brewer LLS Desert Region Executive Director. “We will continue to work relentlessly to provide hope, guidance, education, and support when it’s needed most, so no one has to face cancer alone. And now is the time for us to be bigger and more powerful than we’ve ever been before.”

Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $1.3 billion in cutting edge blood cancer research worldwide, and its support has been instrumental in the development of nearly every breakthrough in blood cancer treatment. With a more than 70-year track record, LLS has supported virtually every advancement in blood cancer treatment. They have helped advance more than 85 percent of blood cancer treatments approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2017.

Lanterns at Light the Night Walk to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

During the unexpected circumstances of the pandemic, LLS took time to evaluate each LLS fundraising activity, including Hero Squad, a science-based, service-learning program for students ranging from Kindergarten to grade 8 to ensure that fundraising activities provide the greatest impact for its mission to cure blood cancers and improve the lives of patients and their families. LLS realized there was an opportunity to engage all members of the school community in its lifesaving work and is welcoming all schools into join the Greater Phoenix Light The Night.

 

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