Light the Night Walk at OUZ

by Courtney Wheaton on September 20, 2013 at 6:50 am

Red, white and gold balloons filled Ohio University Zanesville to bring awareness to a serious disease.

Thursday was the 8th annual Light The Night Walk. The event is a part of larger nationwide mission to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The funds raised will go towards education and research initiatives that doctors hope one day will lead to a cure.

"Our goal this year was $100,000 for our Zanesville walk, which is super exciting. We got so close $90,000 last year so we are like we have to round it off to that $100,000 mark," said Campaign Manager, Michelle Burris.

More than 600 people participated in the walk. Most of them personally touched by the affects of the disease.

"My uncle died of a blood cancer when I was younger and that touched me because my family stayed involved, but then I also had no idea what it was when I was younger so being older on this side of it now I understand the importance of education and providing support, " said Burris.

People showed their support by holding the balloons, the red balloons represented supporters, white represented survivors and gold represented the people who lost their lives fighting the disease.

Whiz’s Radio Personality, Brenda Larrick MC’d the event.