SAN FRANCISCO, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) announced today a partnership with Salesforce to support the 2017 San Francisco Light The Night. San Francisco Light The Night is LLS's local walk that commemorates individuals in the Bay Area touched by cancer and funds lifesaving research and support for people battling blood cancers. John Greene, Vice President of Customer Centric Engineering at Salesforce and AML survivor, will also serve as the 2017 San Francisco Light The Night Chairperson.
After multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, John led Salesforce in the 2011 Light The Night to benefit LLS. In just a few weeks, he helped pull together a team of walkers and raised $60,000 for research and support of cancer patients and their families. Now, over 30 Salesforce hubs participate in Light The Night worldwide. John also spearheads the company-wide initiative that led to Salesforce becoming a presenting sponsor for the second year in a row. Last year, combined efforts of company executives and employees raised more than $2.1 million for Light The Night.
"I'm honored to be this year's Corporate Light The Night Chairperson and to do what I can to encourage individuals and organizations in the Bay Area to join in the fight against cancer," said Greene. "Giving back is interwoven into the fabric of Salesforce's culture, and our leaders, employees and community inspire me every day."
The success of the Light The Night is contingent on involvement from local businesses committed to bringing light to the darkness of cancer. In addition to the Salesforce partnership, LLS announced an executive breakfast on May 17 for San Francisco companies looking to improve survival rates and create a world full of cancer survivors. The event program includes a discussion of the impact of cancer in the workplace and what businesses can do to prevent it.
"The support and generosity of Salesforce—and other local businesses—is instrumental in the fight against blood cancers," said Kathleen Moore, Greater Bay Area Chapter executive director, LLS. "Salesforce's partnership will enable LLS to support next-wave cancer research and directly help families within the San Francisco and Greater Bay Area community."
Light The Night 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 2017 San Francisco Light The Night will be held on Thursday, November 16 at AT&T Park – Lot A.
To participate in the Light The Night Executive Breakfast in May, please register using this form. To start a Light The Night team or to learn more about the Light The Night, please call The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Greater Bay Area Chapter, at 415-625-1100 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 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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SOURCE Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Greater Bay Area Chapter