Basketball Player Justin Allen To Help `Light The Night' Against Leukemia

Sept. 18, 2002

Justin Allen, ASU Basketball Player, helps The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society brighten the future for people with a blood-related cancer by being the Honor Patient at the society's 5th Annual Light The Night Walk. Plans are successfully continuing for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Fifth Annual Light The Night Walk, which will take place Friday, SEPTEMBER 20th, at Tempe Town Lake Beach Park beginning at 7:30 p.m. Debbie Gaby, President of Sleep America, is this year's Honorary Chair. Local sponsors include K-Lite 98.7 FM and Sleep America. National Sponsors include Mrs. Fields and Days of Our Lives. Justin Allen will be available for media interviews prior to the walk.

Light The Night is the Society's nationwide evening walk to commemorate lives touched by cancer. Participants carry flickering red and white balloons along a two to three mile walk within their communities, creating a breathtaking sight and spirit of fellowship among all who carry them. Cancer survivors hold white balloons, and all other participants carry red balloons.

Individual walkers, and families and companies are invited to form teams to walk in this evening event. There is no registration fee, but those raising $25 or more will carry one of the Society's illuminated balloons. In addition, dedication banners will be displayed to give everyone an opportunity to place a name or message in honor of or in memory of a family member or friend with cancer. Participants will also be awarded a variety of prizes based on their total fundraising efforts.

Light The Night Walk has expanded this year to include walk sites in Prescott Valley (September 27th), Casa Grande (September 14th), Tucson (September 13th), and in Yuma (September 28th).

For additional information, contact the Desert Mountain States Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 602-788-8622 ext. 16; or visit www.lightthenight.org.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma SocietySM, based in White Plains, N.Y., is the fastest growing, nationwide, non-profit, voluntary health organization. The Society's mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has provided more than $200 million for research specifically targeting blood-related cancers. For additional information, contact the Society at (800) 955-4572 or visit www.leukemia-lymphoma.org.

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