THE BATTLE against cancer is a fight enjoined by countless individuals from all walks of life. The merciless disease has touched virtually every family in some fashion.
That being the case, people will selflessly rally around the cause of raising money and awareness in the cancer crusade. To support the fight, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will stage the 13th annual Light the Night Walk - featuring illuminated balloons as symbols of hope against the ravages of blood cancers.
The 1.5-mile non-competitive walk will be held around the track at Wheeling Jesuit University on Wednesday, April 17, rain or shine. It is a tremendous way to express your support for the cancer battle while also raising money to help find a cure for blood cancers.
Wheeling Hospital is again the sponsor and Chief Executive Officer Ronald Violi is the honorary chairman.
This year's event is being coordinated by Wheeling resident Shaunna Dunder Hershberger. In her role as campaign coordinator with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia branches, Hershberger is responsible for recruiting and retaining donors, teams, volunteers and committee members for the walk, as well as handling all logistics regarding the walk. In addition, she will help bring more awareness to the walk by attending events, networking, and through various media.
She brings unquestioned credibility to the position. Hershberger is a four-time survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"This is a cause very near and dear to my heart, and I'm very excited about this new position," she said. "I honestly believe that I'm still here so I can share my experience and help others facing the same challenge."
The Light the Night Walk is a national fundraising campaign aimed at attracting participants of all ages and abilities to reach out to friends, family and co-workers to raise funds to fight blood cancers. All funds raised support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
The 2012 Ohio Valley Light the Night Walk raised $68,000 and involved more than 500 walkers. That is an impressive outpouring of local love, passion and financial support.
We praise all those who help promote cancer awareness. We also encourage everyone to support the Light the Night Walk.