Light the Night Kickoff
Yesterday evening, I went to Ryerson University’s Ted Roger’s School of Managament building to attend the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s Light the Night Kickoff. My mother is also the Family and Friend’s Chair for this event this year. Yesterday, she spoke during the kickoff to motivate and inspire us to raise money, walk and keep fighting to being the Light the Night fundraiser and walk. This event raises hope and awareness for those affected with blood cancers. The money raised during this fundraiser goes to research, education, support programs and personalized assistance for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
It’s a beautiful walk that takes place in the heart of Toronto starting at Nathan Philip’s Square. Thousands of people show up to walk the streets of Toronto in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and those affected by blood cancers. We also carry balloons during the walk -white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. The most beautiful part of the whole fundraiser is when the group of thousands of walkers get to Sick Kids Hospital. At street level, we shine flashlights to the children in the hospitals and they shine theirs back at us.
Light the Night: October 7th, 2010
I attended the walk with a large group of my family and friends. We walked in support for my brother and in memory of my grandmother. This was the kind of event that brought tears to my eyes. It touched my heart to see the thousands of people who have went through the similar experiences with cancer touching their lives as I did. We had a huge team and raised over $14 000 in just two weeks. the Da Ream Team (clever, I know) was one of the top fundraising teams and my mother was one of the top individual fundraisers. I helped raise money by creating a video with a song I wrote when I first found out my brother was diagnosed with leukemia four years ago. Check it out on Youtube.
Light the Night 2011
This year, the walk is October 5th at the Metro Hall Square in Toronto. However, this walk doesn’t just occur in Toronto -it happens all over Canada. Find a local walk if you are interested in participating in this wonderful event. I highly encourage you participate if you can!