Hanna, a beloved daughter and big sister, is this year’s honored hero. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and has been undergoing treatment for about two and a half years. Hanna has dreams of attending Emory University to study genetics. She has kept a positive attitude throughout her treatment and is determined not to let blood cancer get the best of her. Hanna is looking forward to being a part of the Walk.
"We are pleased to have honored hero Hanna a part of the Walk. We have received a tremendous amount of support from the local community in Forsyth, Gwinnett and North Fulton counties and it really shows in the enthusiasm demonstrated by our partners, sponsors and Walk teams for the Light The Night Walk. We are working to reach our goal of $320,000 and we cannot do it without the many volunteers and participants who have helped with this Walk," said Emily Kallos, LTN Senior Campaign Manager of the LLS Georgia Chapter.
The North Metro Walk will draw over 70 teams and 2,500 participants, and funds raised 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 Walk’s presenting sponsors are Northside Hospital Cancer Institute and Infor.
For more information about LLS or the North Metro event, contact Light The Night staff at (404) 720-7841 or log on to
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.
The Georgia Chapter serves patients with a variety of programs including the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program, the Trish Greene Back to School program for children with cancer and Financial Assistance Programs which last year provided over $1.45 million to patients statewide. Currently, the Georgia Chapter funds $2.75 million towards research grants in multi-year agreements with Emory Winship Cancer Institute. There were approximately 4,070 new diagnoses for blood cancer in Georgia in 2012.