HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) The weather couldn't have been better to get out and walk in downtown Huntsville Thursday night. And, that's exactly what several hundred people did. They began their walk with these words, "Lets walk to end cancer!" They carried red, white and yellow lanterns. Supporters had red ones. There were white ones for survivors. And those who'd lost someone to blood cancer held yellow lanterns.
The 12th annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's "Light the Night" Walk was held at the Huntsville Depot.
The event brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the disease. It also shines a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Two of those patients were honored Thursday night.
Nine-year-old Tom Bauer of Athens has another year of treatment but he's in remission now. The crowd took time to honor him and the memory of Leslie Vallely. The 55-year-old mother of three and Communications Director with Clearview Cancer Institute lost her battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia earlier this year. She fought for more than a year but passed in June.
This year's "Light the Night" walk raised almost $37,000 to help patients and find a cure for blood cancers. You can still donate to the cause by clicking on the following link.