The Georgia Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will host the annual Atlanta Light The Night Walk (LTN) on Saturday, October 12, at 5 pm at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. The Walk encourages teams of families, friends, co-workers and local and national corporations to come together to raise funds for LLS. This will be one of five Light The Night Walks held in the state of Georgia this Fall. As inspiration for the Walk, LLS has selected a remembered hero who has lost her battle to leukemia.
Mary Anne Wolfe, a Peachtree Corners resident and mother of two children, is this year’s remembered hero. Mary Anne was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in October of 2003 and passed away two days later due to complications from aggressive preparation for chemotherapy. Her family and many of her loved ones have participated each year in the Light The Night Walk, forming "Team Touched by An Angel" in her memory. In this 10th anniversary of her passing, they celebrate the life she lived and remember her as a vibrant woman who left much too soon.
“We are honored to walk for our remembered hero Mary Anne and all of those we’ve lost to blood cancers. We have received a tremendous amount of support from the community and it really shows in the enthusiasm demonstrated by our partners, sponsors and Walk teams for the Light The Night Walk. We are currently on track to reach our goal of $1.3 million and we could not do it without the many volunteers and participants who help this Walk,” said Jeff Abbott, Metro Atlanta Light The Night Corporate Walk Chairman and Infor Senior Vice President, Global Alliances, Channels, Telesales, and Field Marketing.
The Atlanta walk will draw over 400 teams with over 8,000 participants, who have committed to raise $1.3 million for LLS. Funds will be used to fund lifesaving blood cancer research, free educational materials and events for patients and families, local family and patient support programs and comprehensive, personalized assistance through LLS’s Information Resource Center. During the event, walkers carry illuminated balloons - white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer -- and form a community of caring, bringing light to the dark world of cancer. The White Balloon Reception for cancer patients and survivors is at 5:40 pm with the Walk to follow.
The Walk’s presenting sponsors are Carter’s and Infor. Carter’s is celebrating 15 years of supporting the Light The Night Walk and raising $3 million since its involvement.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Georgia Chapter is celebrating its 15th Anniversary of the Light The Night Walk in Atlanta. Help us raise $15,000 towards the fight against blood cancers by making a donation here: http://bit.ly/LTN15th. For more information about LLS or the Atlanta event, contact Light The Night staff at (404) 720-7841 or log on to www.lightthenight.org/ga.