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Celebrating a decade of difference

NORTHAMPTON The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its signature Light The Night Walk. The program has grown to include participants in more than 240 communities across the U.S. and Canada. Funds raised by these walkers since program inception total nearly $120 million. These funds have made a major impact on the lives of cancer patients and their families. They have helped fuel the growth of LLS-funded research and services that help patients live better, longer lives. Over the past decade: LLS granted $425 million to more than 400 scientists searching for cures and improved treatments for patients. Nearly half a million patients, family members and healthcare professionals have called the LLS Information Resource Center and received critical information about blood cancers, therapy options and issues surrounding treatment and survival. Nearly $40 million was disbursed to patients through the LLS Patient Assistance program, for transportation, lodging and other expenses, to help them get the treatment they needed to fight their cancer. LLS funding contributed to the development of new drugs that are affecting patient survival and quality of life. Light The Night Walk is the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to millions of people with cancer. Hosted by LLS, teams of friends, families and co-workers raise funds for blood cancer research which has led or contributed to major advances in cancer treatment for nearly 60 years. Walkers gather in cities and towns across the U.S. and Canada and walk in twilight, holding twinkling balloons white for survivors, red for supporters and gold for "in memory." More than a walk, the evening includes music, food and family festivities. This year's Northampton walk will take place at Look Memorial Park on Sept. 14. Check-in begins at 5 p.m. and the two-mile walk begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information about Light The Night, contact the Massachusetts Chapter Light The Night Staff at (508) 810-1342 or visit www.lightthenight.org/ma.

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