Akron ready to see the light with annual walk

September 5, 2013 by  

This month, Akron hosts the annual ‘Light the Night Walk’ – a fundraiser geared around commemorating and celebrating the lives of those who have been impacted by cancer, while also addressing the often high medical costs demanded of people affected by the disease.

The event is for the benefit of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), an organization dedicated to curing lymphoma, leukemia, myeloma, and Hodgkin’s disease, as well as improving patients’ quality of life and easing the burden on their families. Proceeds from the Walk go to support a number of the Society’s initiatives, including support programs and research for those who are fighting cancer, free support groups for family members, conferences, seminars, a website with educational information, and direct financial aid for patients. Crucially, assistance with copay amounts is another service the group offers.

The Northern Ohio Chapter of LLS has held three walks, which involved more than 5,000 participants. The walks raised more than $600,000, and the chapter hopes that this latest event will raise $750,000 or more. It starts at Stile Athletics Field House, located on the University of Akron campus, at 5:00 pm on September 22. The field house is located at 298 South Union Street in Akron. For further information, see the organization’s website.

LLS officials could work with brochure and stationery printers to create a mailer for local residents, explaining the organization’s mission and the upcoming fundraiser. It could also list some of its support groups and the services it provides.