Light the Night Kickoff Approaches

393030_10151396659229747_346595676_nWHITE PLAINS, NY –The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter will officially kick off its 2013 Light The Night Walk campaign at the Mid-Hudson Valley Kickoff Party on Sunday, July 28 from 2 – 4 p.m. at Provident Bank Park in Pomona. The event is open to the public, free of charge, and will include food, presentations from the Mid-Hudson Valley Honored Patients, mission and fundraising workshops, and advocacy information. Each attendee will also receive a free ticket to the Rockland Boulders baseball game following the event. The Kickoff Party gives participants the opportunity to generate excitement for the 2013 Mid-Hudson Valley Light The Night Walk, which will take place on Sunday, October 20th at 5:00 p.m. at Provident Bank Park in Pomona. More information on the Walk and Kickoff Party can be found at www.lightthenight.org/wch or call 914-821-8362.

Each Light The Night Walk honors local blood cancer survivors and commemorates individuals who have lost their lives to these diseases. The 2013 Mid-Hudson Valley Honored Patients include Sandra Bickerstaff of Harriman, a survivor of acute myeloid leukemia, and Danny van Schaik of Suffern, an 11-year-old survivor of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The Mid-Hudson Valley In Memory Honoree is Marty Campbell of Stony Point, who lost his battle to non-Hodgkin lymphoma in May 2012 at the age of 29. To learn more about the 2013 Light The Night Honored Patients, visit www.lightthenight.org/wch .

LLS’s Light The Night Walk funds lifesaving research and support for people battling cancer. Friends, families and co-workers form teams and millions of customers help by donating at retail outlets. These efforts culminate in inspirational, memorable evening walks in over two hundred communities each fall across North America. Last year, the three Westchester/Hudson Valley Walks in Westchester, Rockland, and Orange Counties included more than 5,000 walkers who collectively raised $857,000. Nationally, Light The Night raised $55 million in 2012.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, based in White Plains, NY, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Funds raised from Light The Night provide significant support to these programs. To register or volunteer for one of this year’s Light The Night Walks and/or RSVP for the Mid-Hudson Valley Kickoff Party, visit www.lightthenight.org/wch or call 914.821.8362.