See how you can Light the Night

See how you can "Light The Night"
by Jennifer LB Leese

Art Richards was diagnosed 10 years ago with lymphoma. "We went through many years of treatment. Last year it turned to leukemia and bone cancer. On May 18 he passed away," said his wife, Connie.
Connie Richards is the chief executive of Richard's World Travel in Hagerstown now. "I am doing this walk for the many people out there with lymphoma and leukemia so we can find a cure with the money that we raise for research. Leukemia is in our schools right here right now in Hagerstown."
With Connie Richards, Suzanne Menard and Mark Harrell from Hagerstown Trust Bank, are heading the Light The Night Walk in Hagerstown beginning at 7pm on October 6, 2006 at Hagerstown Fairgrounds. The Walk is one mile around the track. Afterwards, participants can enjoy music, family activities, and food and refreshments catered by various local restaurants.
"We would like to raise $50,000 and have 500 walkers," said Connie. "We are also looking to receive more corporate sponsors.
"At least $25 in sponsorships is a must in order to walk." Dressed in T-shirts that say "Light The Night Walk in Memory of Art Richards", all Richards World Travel employees will be walking with their children.
If you are interested in participating in the Walk and/or becoming a sponsor, contact Connie Richards at 301-791-1010 today. She will send you information and a Walker Packet.
You can also sponsor the Walk through Washington County schools. During the second week of September, paper balloons were delivered to area schools throughout Washington County and are available for $1.
A little goes a long way.
"What we raise in Washington County, stays in Washington County," said Connie.
This Walk is for adults and children of all ages. "We will have a moon bounce and face painting for the kids.
"Lou Scally will be the Webmaster of Ceremonies, and Dr. McCormack and Dr. Kass are hosting the Walk."
Connie, Suzanne, and Mark are hoping to make Light The Night Walk an annual event that will take place in Hagerstown.
"The event is beautiful, and it's my hope to make the awareness of leukemia and lymphoma more well known," said a Hagerstown walker. "I lost my grandmother last year from lymphoma. I plan to participate in Light The Night Walk every year."
Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's nationwide evening Walk to build awareness of blood cancers and raise funds for cures, cancer research, and services for patients and their families.
During the October 6, 2006 Walk in Hagerstown, supporters will walk with red balloons with blinking light bulbs in them, while cancer survivors walk with white balloons to illuminate their paths as they gather to celebrating and commemorate lives touched by cancer.
Funds raised by participants support the Society's mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Anyone can take part--children, adults and seniors are all welcome. Light The Night Walk is a casual walk with no fitness requirements.
Company teams, civic groups, neighbors and friends raise funds and walk. Many walkers also carry dedication banners that provide an opportunity to display a name or message, honoring or commemorating a family member or friend with cancer. The walkers are communities coming together.
In recent years, Walks all over the country have raised tens of millions of dollars for the Society's research and patient services programs.
The Walk, which takes place in communities across the U.S. and Canada, commemorates the lives of loved ones lost to cancer, and celebrates survival. More than a Walk, Light The Night is a real crowd pleaser, with family activities, good food, music and fellowship. And funds raised through the event make a real impact on the search for cures.
Why walk? More than 2,100 cases are diagnosed in Maryland. Men, women, and children are currently battling leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Someone new is diagnosed every five minutes. Every ten minutes someone loses the battle. More than 712,000 Americans have leukemia, Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin lymphoma or myeloma. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20. Lymphomas are the most common blood cancers, and incidence increases with age. The survival rate for myeloma is only 32 percent. Incidence is twice as high among African-Americans as for all other races. And although progress has been made, there is still a great deal to accomplish. Over 1,000 Marylanders' die each year from these diseases. Art Richards, of Hagerstown, lost the battle last May after 10 years of fighting lymphoma that turned to leukemia.
How can the City of Hagerstown get behind this? It's simple--help raise money. Participate, form walks, contribute in-kind donations, get corporate sponsorships. "We offer several sponsorship opportunities designed to meet the budget of any size organization. Our selection of sponsorship packages offers unique benefits for company exposure.
"In-kind donations help make our walk a success! A fun-filled evening for the entire family results in part from donations such as food, beverages, clowns, musical entertainment, rentals, and much more."
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest nonprofit organization funding research on the causes and treatments of blood cancers. They have invested more than $483 million since 1949. Their Career Development, Translational Research, and Specialized Center of Research programs cover the full range of scientific studies from basic laboratory science to clinical trials of new agents, and from individual investor-initiated research to large-scale, multidisciplinary scientific collaborations.
They are the leading resource for blood cancer information and patient support services.
Blood cancers strike all ages.
Please join the effort to cure blood cancers and Light The Night with hope and help for thousands.
Call Connie Richards today at 301-791-1010 and "Help us kick off Light The Night 2006".