Light The Night Walk Set at WJU April 10

WHEELING – As spring swings into full gear, hundreds of Ohio Valley residents will come together as a community for a good cause. These residents will join The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, who will be partnering with businesses across the Ohio Valley region, to help fight blood cancer at the 14th annual Ohio Valley Light The Night Walk. This year’s walk will be held on 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 LLS’s Light The Night Walk and bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers. According to the National Cancer Institute, one person in the United States is diagnosed with blood cancer approximately every four minutes and accounted for an estimated 9 percent of new cancer diagnoses in 2013.

Funds raised from the walk, made possible through the efforts of the community, go toward advancing lifesaving cancer research and treatment, providing patient support services and advocating for better patient treatments and health care.

The Light The Night Walk is an evening filled with inspiration, as people of all ages come together in support of one cause. Prior to the start of the walk, a remembrance ceremony will be held in the center of the McDonough Center Track, where walkers will gather together and honor those who have passed. The ceremony will be led by a speaker from Wheeling’s Amedisys Hospice Care and LLS’s Patient Services Manager Francine Morrison.

“The ceremony is a time for the community to join together and remember their loved ones who lost their battles with blood cancer,” Morrison said.

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.

Together, they form a community of caring, bringing light to the dark world of cancer.

“It is an evening for not only remembrance, but also celebration,” Morrison said, “It is an evening filled with positivity and hope. The community bans together and really makes a significant impact.”

Last year’s walk raised more than $50,000 and this year LLS hopes to raise more than $60,000.