Light the Night Walk

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One of the 2011 Light the Night events held at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Light the Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's walk to build awareness of blood cancers as well as raise money for research and support of patients and their families. It is held in over 200 communities in North America each fall as well as in Australia.

Walkers carry illuminated balloons or lanterns of different colors. White balloons are carried by survivors, red by supporters, and gold balloons are carried by those walking in memory of a loved one they lost. In Australia, the color blue is used instead of red.

Children, adults, and seniors all take part in the annual evening walk. The walkers all enjoy a leisurely pace, as there are no fitness requirements to participate. Usually, it is completed in under an hour. In some walks (Australia), a short route as well as an optional extended route is available.

Funds raised by participants support the Society's mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Walkers who raise a minimum of $100 become a Champion for Cures and are honored with a Light the Night t-shirt, balloon, and wristband for food and refreshments at the walk.

The 2011 celebrity ambassador for the walk is Michael C. Hall. At 38 years old, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Past national spokespeople include Tina Fey and Cynthia Nixon.

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