Thousands Light the Night in fight against blood cancers

(Alex Penrose / KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – More than 7,000 Central Texans came together Saturday night in the fight against blood cancers.

The Light The Night Walk at the Mueller Development benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Organizers say this year’s walk has raised more than $700,000 for blood cancer research and patient services. They expect even more donations to trickle in over the next few weeks.

KXAN was a proud sponsor of the event, and evening anchor Shannon Wolfson emceed. The festivities included fun for all ages.

Light the Night organizers say research is especially important because blood cancers are different from other types of the disease.

“Everybody knows someone that’s been affected by cancer,” said Erica Gongora with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “And one thing that separates a blood cancer from other types of cancers out there is there’s no early detection method, and there’s no preventative method, so it’s a very elusive type of cancer.”

Supporters carried red lanterns on the one mile walk. Survivors carried white lanterns, and gold lanterns honored those who have lost their battle with a blood cancer.

Click here if you’d like to donate to the cause.

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