[The following post was sponsored by the Light The Night Campaign.]
If you know me you know that I participate in a lot of walks and runs. Sometimes for charity, sometimes for a medal, sometimes just for the satisfaction I get from crossing a finish line.
While I like challenging myself, I do realize that many people want to help a cause without training for weeks or risking injury. The Light The Night Walks, happening all over the country this fall, are a wonderful opportunity for people of all levels of fitness to come together and help out a worthy cause: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). These walks can usually be completed in under an hour at a leisurely pace.
These walks help raise money to find a cure for blood cancers, and while I’m ridiculously lucky not to have any personal connection to this charity and those diseases, that doesn’t stop me from being a supporter.
Everyone participating in a Light the Night walk is encouraged to raise at least $100. Those who do are given a t-shirt and a lantern or balloon to walk with – white for survivors, red for supporters, and gold for people walking in memory of someone who died from a blood cancer. The effect in the dark is beautiful.
Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and adolescents under twenty. Aside from the physical toll the disease takes, the hospital stays and time out of school have an impact on how these kids keep up at school while undergoing treatment. To help with this part of the problem, Sylvan Learning Centers are donating more than 12,000 hours of tutoring to help blood cancer patients get back on track at school.
How can you help? Find out if there’s a walk near you, register, and raise money! This could be a great family activity. Or, you could form a team and raise money with friends or coworkers.
I hope to see some of you at the Manhattan walk on September 18th! I can’t think of a better reason to go for a walk.