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          Release: 10/05/2009
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On October 2, members of the Iona College lacrosse team volunteered at the Light the Night walk in Rye, New York, to help raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The walk is one of the team’s favorite annual volunteer projects because it is for a great cause and the people are very kind and generous. This year the Gaels helped set up the grounds at the Rye Playland, serve food to the participants, and blew up hundreds of lighted balloons for the participants and cancer survivors to carry on their walk. Four of the girls dressed up as furry cartoon characters and provided much entertainment for the kids by dancing to popular songs played by the DJ. The team joined several survivors and supporters during the mile long walk around the park. It is amazing to be a part of such an uplifting event and hear the stories of people who have overcome their struggle with blood cancer and want to help others during their fight.

Light The Night Walk:
Each year, in communities all across the United States and Canada teams of families, friends, co-workers and local and national corporations come together to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS's) Light The Night Walk events and bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers.  Funds raised by teams and individual walkers provide:  Lifesaving blood cancer research; Free educational materials and events for patients and their families; Local programs such as Family Support Groups and First Connection, a peer-to-peer counseling program; Comprehensive, personalized assistance through our Information Resource Center.  Light The Night Walk events are evenings filled with inspiration. During this leisurely walk, walkers carry illuminated balloons - white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer - thousands of walkers - men, women and children - form a community of caring, bringing light to the dark world of cancer. 

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