Lighting the night to support those affected by Leukemia and Lymphoma

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An estimated 1,629,474 people in the US are living with or in remission from leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, MDSs, or MPNs that affect the bone marrow, the blood cells, the lymph nodes, and other parts of the lymphatic system. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers. One of the ways they fundraise to help the millions of people battling cancer is through events like Light the Night. Every year, the LLS Wisconsin Chapter celebrates, honors, and remembers those touched by blood cancers by gathering the community together to bring light to the darkness of cancer.

In addition to joining the walk, OPN worked with the society to redesign the remembrance area to create an interactive memorial dedicated to those who are currently battling and have lost their lives to blood cancer. A field of umbrellas symbolized how the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is an umbrella under which individuals and families impacted by cancer can offer mutual support and understanding. Family and friends were encouraged to place droplets for their loved ones around the edge of each umbrellas to commemorate and honor the lives of those no longer with us. By sharing memories and messages those affected by blood diseases were able to remember, together.

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Light the Night is an annual reminder to walk together through the dark times of life. As we illuminate those among us affected by cancer, we work to enhance the human experience that exists without cancer.