The Light The Night Walk takes place at Cleveland University in Kansas City on Saturday, September 30th, 2017, and Whiting House will be there.
This walk, one of many across the country during Blood Cancer Awareness month, is the symbolic culmination of a year of fundraising on behalf of blood cancer patients, survivors, and families affected by the terrible disease. Lighted lanterns represent breaching the darkness to shed hope on the future, while the sheer magnitude of solidarity demonstrates our collective dedication to end suffering.
There will be a pre-walk carnival with food, games, fireworks, and mingling with good people.
What does the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) do?
Specifically, LLS states that its mission is to:
“Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.”
LLS is a national nonprofit voluntary health organization that advocates on behalf of anyone affected by blood cancers, invests in promising cancer research, and provides information, resources and support to patients and families.
Through LLS, those affects by blood cancers can talk with information specialists, find support groups and patient communities, engage in peer-to-peer support, and more. LLS has invested over one billion dollars in blood cancer research since it was founded, and an estimated 40 million dollars in grants will go to the most innovative and promising research centers in 2017 alone. LLS also targets government decision-makers in order to advocate for policy that favors speeding up progress toward a cure.
Why is this work important?
Every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Every 9 minutes, someone dies from it.
LLS figures indicate that investment, advocacy, and support have significantly improved survival rates and quality of life since the 1960s. The math is there—we just need to do more.
Why do we participate?
We make philanthropy and awareness a core principle that drives our business engagement with the surrounding community. We seek opportunities to help where the numbers show we can, because we operate under the true assumption that a healthier society benefits all.
Our own Josh Pluid is an executive committee member in the local Kansas City chapter of LLS. He has helped Whiting House participate in LLS fundraisers, and we’ve donated $2500 to become an official sponsor, the responsibilities for which we look forward to fulfilling with passion. Already we’re planning a poker tournament and pancake breakfast to kickoff fundraising season.
Josh and the whole Whiting House team are personally inspired to participate in helping the LLS achieve its goals not only by an innate feeling of responsibility, but by witnessing and learning the stories of those directly affected by blood cancers.
In the face of seemingly impossible odds, a 12-year old boy named JC has fought for 10 years against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. 5 times it returned and 5 times he has beaten it back, insisting with each parry that he has a purpose to go on—that he is not done here. This boy’s bravery is unfathomable, yet it is real. If there is a lack of treatment options, it can be boiled down to a simple lack of funds. Awareness will only get us so far—we need to actively petition our families, friends, strangers, and ourselves to donate the hard cash necessary to tip the scales in favor of hope. And we cannot falter in the face of refusal—we’ll ask the next person, and the next, and the next.
Money, awareness, and action are the way forward. Asking for donations is the way forward. Our team is one of many participating in the fundraising drive leading up to the Light The Night Walk, and we adhere to the encouragement from the LLS that it is right and just to petition for donations.
Why are we writing about this?
The Light The Night Walk is coming up, so we want to spread the word. We also want to enthuse your curiosity. If nothing else, you will take a moment to read about Blood Cancers facts and statistics, and educate anyone else you meet along the way.
How you can participate
We invite you to join our Whiting House team on the Light The Night Walk. All you have to do is register as an individual, or register with our Whiting House team by clicking the link below. If you have the financial ability, donate to LLS and become the difference in thousands of lives.