As the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. the need for a blood cancer cure never stops. For the second year in
a row, the Eastern Pennsylvania-Delaware Region of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) annual Light The Night® event
— marked with colorful, symbolic lanterns — will take place virtually.
This fundraising campaign that benefits LLS and its funding of research toward blood cancer cures will occur on Thursday,
Oct. 14, at 7 pm.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, teams of friends, family and co-workers walked annually to raise money for the LLS.
Participants in communities across North America joined together at Light The Night, carrying illuminated lanterns with
different meanings highlighting their hopes to end cancer: white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved
ones lost to cancer.
While in 2020 the pandemic stood in the way of any in-person Light The Night events, impactful virtual walks still happened
across the country bringing the same level of passion and dedication to fight blood cancer, according to information from the
Light The Night 2021
The same energy and fundraising efforts is expected to happen this year but the culmination will again be virtual.
“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society generates and delivers hope in a time of despair, a community in place of loneliness,
and lifesaving research and support for cancer patients and their families,” says Lauren Iannucci, executive director at The
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Eastern Pennsylvania-Delaware Region. “Now is the time for us to be bigger and more
powerful than we’ve ever been before.”
This year’s hour-long virtual program will consist of an opening ceremony featuring the colorful lanterns and celebrating
top teams and fundraisers, as well as sponsors. Event organizers will tell inspiring stories and local individuals living with
blood cancer will be recognized. At the conclusion of the program, all participants will be invited to walk through their
neighborhoods as a nod to the event’s annual tradition.
Register and Raise Funds
Anyone who wants to participate in the event can register for free and will receive a Zoom link two weeks before the event.
People can register as an individual or as part of a team. And those who raise $100 or more on their personal fundraising page
will receive a 2021 Light The Night t-shirt.
“Light the Night gathers a community together to bring hope to the darkness of cancer and to let people know they are not
alone,” says Monique Riotto, campaign development manager for Light The Night. “Even though we will be lighting the night
virtually, we all will be coming together to bring hope and light that we will find a cure.”