A few raindrops couldn't dim the smiles at the Ohio University-Zanesville/Zane State College campus center.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosted the annual Light The Night Walk. Executive Director Phil Tanner said the Central Ohio Chapter raised about $85,000 last year.
"Supporters carry red balloons, cancer survivors carry white balloons and teams who have a loved one that they want to remember carry a gold balloon," said Tanner. "Our goal is to see all those white balloons for the cancer survivors."
Four years ago Amy Adams was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. She and her supporters attend the event every year.
"Right after I was diagnosed, I found the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society," said Adams. "I found a friend through them with the same kind of cancer that helped me through it. This walk just means so much. This walk means hope."
There are now more than one million blood cancer patients and survivors in North America.