Lighting the night against blood can­cer

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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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 561-775-9954 or visit www.lls.org.

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