Monday, September 12, 2011

Leukemia Lymphoma Society: Light the Night Walk

For the past couple years, I have had the pleasure of sitting on the executive committee for the South Sound's Light the Night Walk. The Light the Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's evening walk and fundraising event to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Thousands of participants raise funds for vital, lifesaving research and patient services for those battling blood cancers. The walks take place all over the country and participants carry illuminated balloons in a show of support from a caring community.

The South Sound walk is a truly awesome event. It takes place along Ruston Way in Tacoma with the back drop of Commencement Bay and Mount Rainier. Not only does it offer an opportunity to raise funds in the fight against cancer, but it also offers a great opportunity for friends to get together for a good cause and enjoy a night out. There are many restaurants along Ruston Way and its great to grab a drink and dinner all the while giving back to a good cause. If you have never participated in the walk or seen the walk, I encourage to you to come on down this weekend September 17th, 2011, at 6:00pm.

I walk for Team Genie's Journey in memory of my mother Genie VanWell who passed away from chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 2009. Over the past couple year's Team Genie's Journey has raised over $7,000 for LLS and we hope to keep raising more and more funds until we find a cure for this horrible disease. If you are interested in learning more or helping out, please visit our team page or come on down this weekend.

UPDATE: The walk went great, though as expected in the Pacific Northwest the rain was out. Our team and its generous supporters helped raise over $3,000 this year, and that number is still rising. As to the winner of the drawing, the winning ticket was purchased by my lovely Aunt Gretchen Stans, who generously gave the PS3 to her grandson, Alonza (Congrats!). Thank you everyone.