Lighting the night against blood cancer
Boca Raton area residents marked the 10th anniversary of Light The Night® Walk on October 24 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, with teams of co-workers, families and friends coming out to help build awareness about the more than 894,000 people in the United States living with a blood cancer and the many thousands more who have lost the battle.
The Walk, which raises funds for critical research and patient education and support, was a celebration, complete with music, refreshments and family activities. Participants walked together in twilight holding illuminated balloons - white for survivors, red for supporters and gold to remember those lives we have lost.
The Palm Beach Area Chapter Light The Night Walk was sponsored this year by Boca Raton Community Hospital, The Beerman Foundation, The GEO Group, Inc. and IBM. The national presenting sponsor in the United States is Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hyundai Hope on Wheels, Genentech/Biogen Idec, Quest Diagnostics and AIG are national supporting sponsors.
“Light The Night Walk gives hope to patients and their families and lets them know they are not alone in their battle against cancer,” said Tracy Navakas, Walk director for the Palm Beach Area Chapter. “It’s a night to pay tribute to lives touched by cancer, honor those we’ve lost and celebrate the lives that have been saved. And the money raised supports critical research and patient education and support”
Actor Rob Brown is the 2008 spokesperson for Light The Night Walk. Brown stars in the new film, “The Express,” as Ernie Davis, who was the first African American to win the Heisman trophy but then succumbed to leukemia before he could make his NFL debut with the Cleveland Browns.
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Light the Night participants