On behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, THANK YOU to the generous people of the Ohio Valley for helping make the 13th annual Ohio Valley Light the Night Walk a success! The walk was held on Wednesday, April 17 at Wheeling Jesuit University. This year, there were nearly 670 registered walkers (almost double from last year!), 47 teams, and we raised nearly $53,000 for blood cancer research and local patient and family support programs.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission is to support crucial research projects and clinical trials and provide local patients and families financial aid and co-pay assistance, free of charge. Last year, the LLS supported research in the U.S., Canada and seven other countries with a total research disbursement of approximately $68.4 million. In 2012, 30,603 patients received patient financial aid (204 were from West Virginia) and 13,971 patients received LLS co-pay assistance. In addition, these funds allowed 1,205 family support groups to help 12,113 patients - our local family support group meets monthly at Wheeling Hospital on the second Wednesday of every month. All funds raised at the Light the Night Walk directly support these missions.
Once again, Wheeling Hospital's support of the walk proved invaluable. Wheeling Hospital CEO Ron Violi served as the Walk Chair, and Wheeling Hospital contributed 17 teams and raised more than $13,000 for the walk.
In addition to our wonderful teams, we also had the help of many great sponsors for the event. They include Altmeyer Funeral Home, BathFitter, Belmont Savings Bank, Carenbauer Wholesale Corp., Chapman Company, Christian Fellowship Foundation, Coleman's Fish Market, Cumberland Pointe Care Center, Dave & Judy Nemeti, Daveco Landscaping, David Bowman, M.D., DiCarlo's Pizza, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Donald Lough, Jr., Dr. Philip High, First Choice America Credit Union, Harris Real Estate Company, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia, Interim Healthcare, Iron Workers Local Union 549, Kepner Funeral Homes, MedExpress, Ohio Valley Community Credit Union, Ohio Valley Mall, Our Lady of Peace School, Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration, Progressive Bank, Riesbeck's Food Markets, Select Home Support, Stantec Consulting, Stratuswave Communications, Warwood Armature Repair Co., Wells Fargo Insurance Services of West Virginia, WesBanco, Wheeling Island Gaming and Ye Olde Alpha.
Special thanks also goes out to Casa di Vino, Children's Museum of the Ohio Valley, Comcast, Coca-Cola, Dominos Pizza, Eat 'n Park, Figaretti's, Fox Ohio Valley, JACK FM / KOOL 105.5, Jazzercise, Jebbia's, Kohl's A-Team, Marquee Cinemas, Panera Bread, Pepsi Co., Sheetz, The Linsly School, Wheeling Fire Department, Wheeling Jesuit University, WJU Student Government Association, Wheeling Nailers "Spike" and WTRF. Thank you to our photographers for the evening, Kathy Howell and Jim Amato, our Patient Hero Sandy Milovac, and the many volunteers who gave their time to help set up, tear down and make sure the event ran smoothly. We also thank The Times Leader, the Herald Star and the Intelligencer for their coverage of the event.
Finally, thank you to the Light the Night committee members Kelly Amato, Valerie Fabbro and Jodi Zusack, who helped with planning, advertising, securing sponsors, forming teams and logistics. Their hard work and dedication to the cause was unsurpassed.
Thank you, Ohio Valley, for helping us further our mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of local patients and their families. Together, we are all "champions for a cure." With gratitude,
Shaunna Dunder Hershberger
Light the Night Walk Campaign Coordinator
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Western PA & WV Chapter