Light the Night Walks in the DC Area

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My family and friends’ lives have been changed by cancer, including leukemia and blood cancers, as I know so many of your lives have been, too. We feel helpless. We call for more research. We donate to funds and participate in events that raise money for patient services and the search for a cure. We yearn for a world in which cancer does not take lives before they have been fully lived.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) the Light the Night Walk is one way that we can work to end cancer.

I had the honor of meeting three young children who were in remission from leukemia (they are pictured above.) They volunteered to appear with me on the WUSA9-TV morning news broadcast to both model back to school clothing and urge local families to come out to the Washington, DC area’s autumn Light the Night Walk events.

Additionally, my dear friend Kristin walks in the DC event each year in honor of her father, a man I was blessed to meet many times, who lost his battle with leukemia. I am proud to support her walk each year, knowing it helps her grieving process as well as raises important funds for blood cancer research.

If these families who have fought on the front lines of the cancer battle believe in the LLS Light the Night Walk, then I believe in it, too.

This fall, let’s walk to the end of cancer by joining the LLS Light The Night Walk to shine a light on finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Child patients especially need our support. Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and adolescents less than 20 years old. For kids battling cancer, the journey back to a healthy life can be a long one. For these kids, returning to school means additional challenges, such as keeping up with schoolwork.

This year, Sylvan Learning is partnering with LLS through Light The Night with a commitment to raise $250,000 and to donate more than 12,000 hours of free tutoring services in nearly 200 communities nationwide to help young blood cancer patients and their families with the transition back to school.

Here are local LLS Light the Night Walk that can use our participation!

Park Place in Annapolis – September 27

Rockville Town Square – October 11

Howard County Maple Lawn Fulton, MD – October 11

Reston Town Center – October 17

Washington DC Freedom Plaza – October 18

Camden Yards Baltimore – October 25

Register with your family at the links above for the LLS Light the Night Walk nearest you!

I am a compensated ambassador for the Light the Night campaign. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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