Rehoboth Beach will host its 12th annual "Light The Night" walk this weekend to raise awareness and research funds for blood cancer. The event, put together by the Delaware Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will be held on Sunday, September 29.
According to local news outlet DelmarvaNow, last year's walks were very successful, raising almost $300,000 from a turnout of over 2,000 participants. The group put on more than 200 such walks all across the United States and Canada, drawing in over 250,000 people and $55 million in funds.
"Light The Night is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's signature fundraising walk to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by blood cancer," Jessica Holland, the event's organizer, told the source. "Last year was a record breaking year for the Light The Night Walk campaign, and we do not doubt we will make history again this year."
Officials have pegged the goal for this year's "Light The Night" walks in Delaware at $340,000.
Participants can walk as either individuals or teams, with sponsorship from companies or local businesses. The event also regularly seeks out new volunteers needed to coordinate the walk and serve on the planning committees.
A walker that has raised $100 is honored as a "Champion For Cures" and given illuminated balloons to carry through the journey. White balloons are given to blood cancer patients and survivors, red balloons are doled out to friends and relatives and gold balloons are carried to commemorate any loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer.
All proceeds from "Light The Night" go to blood cancer patient services and research. If you'd like to sign up, visit their website.
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