SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Local businesses are teaming up with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to support the 2016 San Francisco Light The Night Walk campaign, which celebrates and commemorates lives touched by cancer and funds lifesaving research and support for people battling blood cancers. Presenting sponsor Salesforce has committed to raising $1 million for this year's event taking place on November 10, 2016, at AT&T Park. Additionally, Cindy Robbins, Salesforce Executive Vice President of Global Employee Success, is the 2016 Corporate Light the Night Walk Chairperson.
"The support of Salesforce and their generosity to LLS is instrumental in the fight against blood cancers," said Kathleen Moore, Greater Bay Area Chapter Executive Director. "Their financial commitment will allow LLS to support cutting-edge cancer research and directly help families within the San Francisco and Greater Bay Area community."
Many other local companies are involved in the 2016 San Francisco Light The Night Walk campaign, including Marsh & McLennan Companies, Subaru, ABC7, Genentech, AIG, AppLovin, The Zenith and Wells Fargo Bank.
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 2016 San Francisco Light The Night Walk will be held on Thursday, November 10 at 5 p.m. P.T., at AT&T Park – Lot A.
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.
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 New York, 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.
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