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Light the Night Walk

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is always looking for ways to say goodbye to blood cancers forever. Light the Night is a walk to bring hope to people who are battling blood cancer. So it’s time to get outside, enjoy the beautiful outdoors and help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society beat these fatal illnesses.

Light the Night walk

What it is

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society strives to help blood cancer patients live longer, better lives. They are committed to finding a cure for all types of blood cancers, including: leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Thanks to its major fundraising campaigns, Team in Training and Light the Night Walk, LLS has raised more than $750 million in research funding since 1954. This dedication to advancing cancer treatment has led to a five-year survival rate for people with leukemia that has nearly quadrupled since the conception of the organization, and Hodgkin’s lymphoma is now recognized as one of the most curable forms of cancer.

Why it was founded

In 1949, Rudolph and Antoinette de Villiers, parents of a leukemia patient, started the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society five years after their son, Robert, succumbed to leukemia. Frustrated by the lack of treatments for the disease that took their son, the grieving parents started the Robert Roessler de Villiers Foundation to help improve fundraising and education for leukemia with the hope that someday no parent will have to face the tragedy of losing a child to blood cancer.

How it is making a difference

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has witnessed immense progress in the fight against blood cancers in the many years since its conception. The society saw the first successful bone marrow transplant in the 1970s and has supported progress in the drugs used to treat leukemia and lymphoma, as well as developing an understanding about what causes these diseases and how to prevent them before they attack the body.

Light the Night

Light the Night Walk involves communities coming together across the United States and Canada to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to continue its success. Each event is an inspiring, leisurely evening walk in which walkers carry illuminated balloons: white for survivors, red for supporters, and gold in memory of a loved one lost to cancer. These communities of walkers gather together on this special night to bring hope and light to the darkness of cancer.

Sign up for a walk and learn more about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society here.

Upcoming 2012 walks


Dothan, October 3
Birmingham, October 10
Huntsville, October 17
Mobile, October 24
Shoals, TBA


Tucson, October 5
Phoenix, November 9


San Diego, November 8
Riverside, October 19
Anaheim, September 28
Los Angeles, October 5
Woodland Hills, November 2
Santa Clarita, October 26
Ventura, September 28
Bakersfield, November 02
Clovis, October 19
San Jose, October 19
Concord, October 26
Napa, September 2
Santa Rosa, October 12
Sacramento, October 26


Colorado Springs,September 19
Denver, September 26
Boulder, September 21


Norwalk, October 18
New Haven, October 05
Newtown, September 28


Rehoboth Beach,September 29

South Windsor, October 17

District of Columbia

Southeast Washington, October 19


Miami, November 16
Fort Lauderdale, November 09
Boca Raton, November 16
West Palm Beach, November 08
Tampa, November 02
Clearwater, November 09
Orlando, October 10
Central Florida, October 10
Jacksonville, October 07
Gainesville, October 17


Savannah, October 18
Augusta, September 28
North Metro, September 28
Athens, October 4
Atlanta, October 12


Boise, October 03


Chicago, October 19
Elmhurst, October 19
North Brook, October 20
Rockford, September 28


Indianapolis, October 12
Lafayette, September 19
Fort Wayne, September 29
Kendallville, September 24
Merrillville, October 19


Des Moines, October 12
Davenport, October 12


Wichita, October 19
Topeka, October 05
Lawrence, September 28
Overland Park, September 20


Louisville, September 28
Lexington, October 05


New Orleans, October 19
Baton Rouge, November 03


York, September 28


  • Annapolis, October 19
    Rockville, October 12
    North Laurel, September 28
    Baltimore, November 02
    Frederick, October 12


Worcester, October 19
Boston, October 10
Wakefield, September 29


Kalamazoo, October 19
Ann Arbor, October 12
Detroit, October 19
Grand Rapids, October 05
Troy, September 28


Minneapolis, September 22


  • Pearl, September 26


  • St. Louis, September 27


  • Lincoln, September 19
    Omaha, October 17


  • Summerlin, November 02

New Hampshire

  • Nashua, October 05

New Jersey

  • Princeton, October 19
    Long Branch, October 19
    Morristown, October 26
    Montclair, October 19

New Mexico

Albuquerque, October 17

New York

  • Staten Island, September 28
    Queens, October 05
    Long Island, October 19
    Riverhead, October 17
    Harrison, November 02
    Pomona, October 20
    Levittown, October 11

North Carolina

Charlotte, November 02
Raleigh, October 12
Durham, October 05
Greensboro, October 19


Toledo, October 20
Cleveland, October 13
Akron, September 22
Zanesville, September 19
Columbus, October 12
Springfield, September 21
Kettering, October 03
Mason, September 26
Cincinnati, October 10


  • Oklahoma City, September 28
    Tulsa, October 19


Portland, October 19


Erie, September 19
Pittsburgh, September 21
Johnstown, October 05
Scranton, September 21
Harrisburg, October 12
York, October 26
Lancaster, October 05
Philadelphia, October 26
Trenton, October 19
West Chester, September 28

Rhode Island

Cranston, September 28

South Carolina

  • Charleston, November 07
    Columbia, October 03
    Charlotte, October 10
    Greenville, October 24


Nashville, October 11
Knoxville, October 24


  • Austin, November 09
    Houston, October 12
    Fort Worth, October 20
    Dallas, October 27


  • Sugar House, October 12


  • Burlington, September 20


Virginia Beach, November 02
Hampton, October 17
Reston, October 05


Tacoma, September 21
Seattle, September 28

West Virginia

Ohio Valley, September 17


  • Milwaukee, September 19
    Madison, September 26
    Appleton, September 27

More walks and runs for charity

San Diego LGBT Pride
Race for the Arts
Salem Art Association

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