Light The Night Lanterns

September is Blood Cancer Awareness month and chances are you or someone you know have been affected by blood cancer.

According to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a not-for-profit relying solely on donations, deadly blood cancer acute myeloid leukemia (AML) causes more than 10,000 deaths in the U.S. every year.  But there is HOPE and all it takes is a STEP – literally.

GraceEach year, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society holds its fundraising campaign – Light The Night Walk.  The walk benefits their mission to fund research to find blood cancer cures and help fund treatments that are saving patient’s lives – patients like Grace (pictured right).

So how does it work?

  • Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams soliciting donations online and face-to-face.
  • Team members can also establish personal fundraising pages.  In addition, millions of individuals help by donating at retail outlets across the country.

All of these fundraising and awareness efforts culminate in nearly 200 local area Light The Night Walks across the U.S each fall. Participants and teams carry illuminated lanterns in honor of those affected by blood cancer.

Whether you are part of a team or simply participating by yourself, the walk is inspiring and memorable.  For example, Quest Resource Management Group will have a team of 40 people participating at the October 24th Light The Night Walk being held at Frisco Square in Frisco, TX.

“While Quest has always participated in community involvement projects, this year, the Quest Green Team formed the “Do Crew,” a volunteer team that leads Quest’s community-based projects which benefit various non-profit organizations.   The Do Crew and participating employees (better known as Questers) are particularly excited to contribute to this project because many Questers have been directly or indirectly affected by Leukemia and/or Lymphoma,” said Quest Sustainability Team Chair Skye White.

Quest provides businesses with managed solution programs to reuse, recycle, and dispose of a wide variety of waste streams and recyclables. Participation in the walk is just one of Quest’s community outreach initiatives, and they have a team fundraising goal of $5,000 this year.

Speaking of participation and recycling, Quest and Earth911 have partnered with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of North Texas to help coordinate recycling services for the October 24th event.  Recycling collection will be provided by Progressive Waste Solutions and LLS and Quest volunteers will be actively recycling plastic water bottles throughout the event.

It’s about coming together and making your community safer and greener – one step at a time.

Interested in donating to Quest’s group fundraising page?

Images courtesy of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

By Chase Ezell

Chase has served in various public relations, communications and sustainability roles. He is a former managing editor for Earth911.com.