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Light the Night Walk is Saturday
Benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

What: North Metro Light the Night Walk for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

When: Saturday; registration at 5 p.m.; remembrance ceremony at 6 p.m.; walk begins at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road

• For more information, visit http://www.lightthenight.org/ga/localchapter/2012Walk/northmetro.

Walkers are invited to fight blood cancers Saturday night at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

The second North Metro Light the Night Walk, a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will begin with registration and family-friendly activities at 5 p.m.

A remembrance ceremony will follow at 6 p.m. and the walk, which travels about two miles through downtown Cumming, will start at 7:30 p.m.

Javier De Jesus, marketing manager with LLS, said currently about 85 teams with some 2,000 walkers have registered to participate.

“But that number does increase with folks that show up on Saturday,” he said, noting that anyone is welcome to come and take part.

This will be the second year for the North Metro Walk, which is one of five LLS Light the Night events around the state.

De Jesus said last year’s walk was successful, with about 3,500 walkers raising $250,000 for the organization. This year’s goal is $200,000.

“If there’s any one thing we’d like to highlight it’s just how amazing this community has been,” he said. “They have just really embraced the walk … it’s been fantastic.”

De Jesus said prior to the walk, families can enjoy a range of activities that begin at 5 p.m.

“Several of our companies and sponsors have tents, so they set things up for their walkers and other teams of walkers,” he said. “We’ll have a stage with entertainment. We’ll have a DJ … who’ll be acting as master of ceremonies and we’ll have music and presentations.”

He said the remembrance ceremony is always a highlight.

“We give people the opportunity to honor those who are dealing with a blood cancer or remember those who passed away from a blood cancer,” he said. “It’s very emotional and very touching.”

During the walk, participants will carry illuminated balloons in three different colors. Each has a special meaning.

“The white balloon is for survivors,” De Jesus said. “Anyone carrying a red balloon is a supporter of our organization and what we’re doing, and anyone carrying a gold balloon is carrying it in memory of a loved one that lost their battle to a blood cancer.”