WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Survivors and supporters plan to "Light Up The Night" to aid in the fight against blood cancers.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's National Capital Area Chapter is holding its 2012 "Light The Night" walks this month. Last year, more than 7,000 walkers raised close to 2 million dollars to provide much need air to patients and support research.
It is not too late to sign up for the event. You can go to www.lightthenight.org or register on-site at the registration tent.
This Saturday, October 13th, the walk will take place in Washington, DC at Freedom Plaza. 9News Now Meterologist Topper Shutt will emcee the event. The event starts at 7pm, but organizers suggest arriving early.
The next event is Saturday, October 20th at the Reston Town Center in Reston Virginia. The Northern Virginia event will start at 5pm, the actual walk will start at 7pm.
All donations are welcome. Donors who contribute over $100 will be designated a "champion for cure", which gains them full access to all of the walk benefits including an illuminated balloon during the walk, a t-shirt, entertainment, games and food.
Lisa Iannarino of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society says,"It is one of the most beautiful things i've ever seen, all of those balloons go on and for somebody who is in the middle of the fight and who just past their fight it shows them that they are not alone."
Iannarino adds, "Those white balloons that you see turn on, thee are more and more survivors and it's just illustrated with the beautiful colors right at dusk."
For more information visit www.lighthenight.org and www.lls.org