Twenty thousand people in the D.C. area are living with a form of blood cancer. The leukemia lymphoma society is working to change that. This Saturday they will hold their annual Light the Night Walk.
It's an incredibly moving event and FOX 5 is proud to be a sponsor this year. October 19th is the third of three walks in our area. There are thousands of people in the D.C. area taking steps to end cancer.
Jennifer Keating is among them. She does the walk in memory of her dad, Tom Bell.
“My dad was awesome, one of those rare charismatic people. He was drafted to Vietnam. His leukemia he had tied to agent orange, “said Jennifer.
Diagnosed with chronic lymphocyte leukemia in 2000, Bell lost his battle with leukemia 5 1/2 years later.
“Since then they've come up with a great drug Gleevec that could have helped him. Shame he wasn't around for it. “
Others are benefiting from the new drug and that's the goal of light the night and the money raised from the event.
Beth Gorman, Executive Director for LLS National Capital Area chapter says Light the Night, now in its 15th year in the D.C. area, also raises critically needed funds for patient services. Helping patients get access to life saving treatments.
Light the Night is a leisurely walk and a family friendly event.
Keating's team is 60 people strong.
The red balloons are carried by walk participants who support the cause. The white balloons are carried by survivors . The gold those who've lost a loved one.
It truly is an inspirational evening and it's not too late to get involved. Light the Night in D.C. is this Saturday at freedom plaza. They ask that you raise $100 to participate.
You can register at Light the Night.org or just show up Saturday at 5pm.