Light Night Walk Raises Blood Cancer Awareness

Hundreds of Ohio Valley residents will join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia and its business partners to help fight blood cancer at the 14th annual Ohio Valley Light The Night Walk. The walk will be held Thursday, April 10, at Wheeling Jesuit University’s McDonough Center.

Each year, teams of families, friends, co-workers and local and national corporations come together to raise funds for Light The Night Walk and bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers.

Prior to the walk, a remembrance ceremony will be held in the center of the McDonough Center tack, where walkers will gather together and honor those who have died. The ceremony will be led by a speaker from Wheeling’s Amedisys Hospice Care and Francine Morrison, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s patient services manager.

After the ceremony, approximately 700 participants will walk in honor of their friends, family members and loved ones, carrying illuminated lanterns – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. Last year’s walk raised more than $50,000. Organizers hope to raise more than $60,000 this year.

The funds raised from the walk go toward advancing cancer research and treatment, providing patient support services and advocating for better patient treatments and healthcare.

According to the National Cancer Institute, one person in the United States is diagnosed with blood cancer approximately every four minutes.