If you’re going
* What: Kickoff party for North Metro Light the Night Walk
* When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
* Where: Playtown Suwanee, 425 Main St., Suwanee
* Cost: Free
* For more information, go to www.lightthenight.org/ga or call the Georgia chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at (800) 399-7312.
Forsyth County residents are invited to start their fight against blood cancers at an event Saturday.
A kickoff party for this fall’s North Metro Light the Night Walk is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Playtown Suwanee, 425 Main St., just south of the Forsyth-Gwinnett County line.
The annual Light the Night Walk, a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will be Sept. 28 at the Cumming Fairgrounds.
Saturday’s kickoff, according to information from the society, will “give participants an opportunity to get excited about the fall walk.”
They will have a chance to get fundraising tips, pick up supplies and materials and meet others who share in their passion for the cause.
Tiffany Dollar, North Metro Walk senior manager, said in a statement that the walk “gives hope to patients and their families and lets them know they are not alone in their battle against cancer.”
“We are looking forward to a successful walk,” she added.
Participants are encouraged to form walk teams to take part in the Sept. 28 event.
Teams who raise $100 or more are considered “champions for cures” and will be recognized with the walk’s signature illuminated balloons and commemorative T-shirts and wristbands for refreshments.
The illuminated balloons give participants a chance to show the world their relationship to blood cancers as a survivor with a white balloon, a supporter with red, or gold in memory of a loved one.
The North Metro Light the Night event is one of five walks held by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Georgia.
Funds raised throughout the state have grown from $460,000 in 2003 to more than $2.1 million in 2012.
Festivities for the North Metro Light the Night Walk on Sept. 28 will begin with family-friendly activities about 5 p.m. at the Cumming Fairgrounds. A stage program will follow at 7 p.m. and the walk will start about 7:30 p.m.
This will be the third year for the Cumming walk. During the 2012 event, some 2,500 walkers participated on about 85 teams. Together, participants raised more than $300,000 for the society.
Funds raised through walk events are used to support life-saving blood cancer research, free educational materials and events for patients and their families.
Some funding also goes to local family and patient support programs, comprehensive personalized assistance through LLS’s Information Resource Center and financial aid for patients and families.