The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)’s 14th Annual Light The Night® Walk will take place Saturday, October 5th at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark, Lexington. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., members of the community are invited to share in food and beverages, music, children’s entertainment and activities for cancer survivors. The walk itself will take place at 7:30 p.m. following a brief opening ceremony. Light The Night is a nationwide effort to pay tribute and give hope to those touched by blood cancers. Participants walk approximately one mile carrying illuminated balloons—white for survivors, gold in memory of loved ones lost, and red for “champions for cures” club members. “The walk provides a way for family and friends to show support for a loved one,” said Meredith Jenkins, campaign manager for LLS, “Instead of feeling powerless against cancer, they can do something to fight it by raising funds that will positively impact the outcome for future patients.” All funds raised through Light The Night support the LLS mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Last year the campaign raised nearly $45 million nationally; the Lexington walk raised over $170,000 with over 2000 people in attendance. Nearly 2,500 people are expected to attend the Lexington area Light The Night Walk this fall. The event will take place in honor of 12 year old Leukemia patient Rodrick Jackson of Lexington, Kentucky. The 2013 In Memory honored hero is Dr. John Amyx, who lost his life to CNS Lymphoma in 2012. Additional information can be found online at or by calling the local LLS office at (859) 226-0764. 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 funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, New York, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit . # # # Photos and interviews available upon request.

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