SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Businesses in the North Bay are taking steps towards creating a world without blood cancers with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by sponsoring the 2015 North Bay Light The Night Walk. Wells Fargo has signed on as an Innovation Sponsor, and Exchange Bank and St. Joseph Health Regional Cancer Center have both committed to the walk as Inspiration Sponsors. The Light The Night Walks across the country have helped LLS invest important funds for breakthrough research and provide access to life-saving treatments for blood cancer patients.
"The support of our sponsors and their generosity to LLS is a big contribution to the fight against blood cancers," said Cadance Hinkle, Light The Night Campaign Manager. "With their sponsorship funds, LLS is able to support cutting-edge cancer research and directly help families within the North Bay community with resources like the North Bay Travel Assistance Program."
The Light The Night Walk is a powerful and unique LLS fundraising campaign, which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors and loved ones lost to the disease. The event also shines a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients. The walk is a family-friendly, non-competitive two-mile walk route and is accessible to all fitness levels. During the walks, participants carry illuminated lanterns – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. The 2015 North Bay Light The Night Walk will take place on Saturday, October 10 at 5 p.m. P.T., at Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Through its efforts, LLS has invested more than $1 billion in cutting-edge research to advance therapies. Thanks to research, survival rates for patients with many blood cancers have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled since the early 1960s. Yet, despite these advances, about one third of patients with blood cancer still do not survive even five years after their diagnosis. The efforts of Light The Night participants are helping LLS to improve survival rates and create a world full of cancer survivors.
To form a Light The Night team or to learn more, please call The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Greater Bay Area Chapter, North Bay Office, at 707-544-4350 or visit www.lightthenight.org/gba.
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 for patients and their loved ones.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients and caregivers should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
SOURCE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Greater Bay Area Chapter