First "Light the Night Walk" for Leukemia Set for Sunday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/20/02

First "Light the Night Walk" for Leukemia Set for Sunday

If you watched "Days of our Lives" Friday, you know the fictional town of Salem was organizing a fundraiser called "Light the Night" to raise money in the fight against Leukemia, Lymphoma, and other blood disorders.

"Last year, the Light the Night walkers, many of you among them, helped raise a lot of money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. As many of you know Chloe has Leukemia," says "Craig" Chloe's step-father.

In the story, Chloe has Leukemia. In real life, Nadia Bjorlin's father, a famous Swedish composer, died of Leukemia. So in his memory, the cast and writers of "Days of our Lives" have embraced a national effort to raise money for Leukemia research. The walk that was shown on Friday's episode included actual footage from around the country.

Here in Lubbock, Light the Night is set to begin at 7:00 this Sunday night at Charles Guy Park near Honey Elementary. "We're hoping to raise $20,000 for our first year. So if we could just get people out here and get them excited and out here to show support," says Sara Denny, Chairman of the "Light the Night" campaign.

Sara has a personal interest in this effort because her 16-year-old sister, Amy, died of Leukemia three years ago. Every five minutes, someone in this country finds out they have Leukemia, Lymphoma, or Myeloma and every nine minutes, someone dies from a blood related cancer.

That is why the Leukemia and Lymphoma society is sponsoring this nationwide effort to find a cure. You can help by joining the walk Sunday night. Donations are welcome. Meet at the Charles Guy Park at 93rd and Memphis from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday night. Bring the whole family because there will be a bounce house for the kids, face painting, and other activities.

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