It may be raining tonight, but that didn’t stop hundreds of people from gathering at OUZ and Zane State College.
The ‘Light The Night Walk’ provided dinner, music and family fun, but the event had a very serious purpose.
“Our Light The Night Walk is our annual event to raise money for blood cancer research and educational programs that we do. This is the 4th year for the event and we get corporate teams and families and friends teams to come out,” says Danielle Ford the Development Director with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Ford says the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hope to raise $90,000 dollars. For cancer survivors like Ginger Miller, this evening is a celebration of life. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is now in remission.
“It a chance to network and fellowship together and remind us we are not all alone and that it does affect a lot of people. You come each year and you see people that you would never… that you are like ‘oh my gosh I didn’t know’ and it is an amazing evening,” tells Miller.
At 8:00pm everyone will walk one mile around campus. Each person will carry a balloon with a light in it. Supporters carry red balloons, survivors carry white and teams walking in memory of someone carry gold.
Ford says it is a night to celebrate those who have beaten cancer and a night to commemorate the loved ones lost to cancer.