(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) "Under the lights" will have a new meaning at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Saturday, October 5.
On that night, the home of the Lexington Legends will be the site of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 14th annual Light The Night Walk. Instead of the ballpark's bright lights, illuminated balloons will light the way as participants honor and remember victims of blood cancers.
Light The Night is a nationwide effort to pay tribute and give hope to those affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and related cancers. Participants walk approximately one mile carrying the illuminated balloons - white for survivors, gold in memory of loved ones lost, and red for "champions for cures" club members.
"It's quite the sight - thousands of illuminated balloons wrapped around the warning track at the ballpark, and seeing the community come together to support a greater cause," said Sarah Bosso, the Legends director of community relations and special events. "The Legends are honored to host this event and hope to for years to come."
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., members of the community are invited to share in food and beverages, music, children's entertainment and activities for cancer survivors. The walk will take place at 7:30 p.m. following a brief opening ceremony.
"The walk provides a way for family and friends to show support for a loved one," said Meredith Jenkins, campaign manager for LLS, "Instead of feeling powerless against cancer, they can do something to fight it by raising funds that will positively impact the outcome for future patients."
All funds raised through Light The Night support the LLS mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Last year the campaign raised nearly $45 million nationally; the Lexington walk raised more than $170,000 with more than 2,000 people in attendance.
Close to 2,500 people are expected to attend the Lexington area Light The Night Walk. The event will honor 12-year old leukemia patient Rodrick Jackson of Lexington. The 2013 In Memory honored hero is Dr. John Amyx, who lost his life to CNS lymphoma in 2012.
Additional information can be found online at www.lightthenight.org/ky or by calling the local LLS office at (859) 226-0764.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, New York, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org.
The Lexington Legends were named South Atlantic League Community Service Organization of the year for 2013.
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