Come join thousands of Metro Detroiters to form a compassionate community, light up the night and walk as if your life depended on it. LLS will hold its annual metro Detroit Light the Night Walk at the Bank of America in Troy on Saturday, Sept. 24. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. and the walk begins at 7 p.m. Participants will walk together at dusk carrying illuminated balloons—white for patients and survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost.
Will Pennanen, 5, and his family from Oxford will be walking because his life did depend on it. Will was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) when he was just 3 years old. His doctors told his parents that Will was in remission after one month; however, Will has an uphill battle. He has regular checkups with his doctors and has to go through chemotherapy for the next two years to keep his cancer in remission. His prognosis is good and his family is optimistic.
“Participating in the Light the Night Walk is an invaluable experience,” says Michael C. Hall, 2011 LLS Light the Night Walk ambassador. “The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society pours a tremendous amount of money directly into cutting-edge cancer research—research that I’ve certainly benefitted from.” Hall is a survivor of Hodgkin lymphoma and TV star of “Dexter.”
LLS is hosting two other Light the Night Walks; Saturday, Oct. 8 at the DTE Edison Center in downtown Ann Arbor and Friday, Oct. 14 at the corner of Biddle Avenue and Elm Street in Wyandotte. Both walks start at 5 p.m.
If you’d like to learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk and how you can participate as a fundraiser, please contact the LLS office at 248-581-3941 or visit www.lightthenight.org/mi.