Thousands will 'light the night' for cancer Sunday in Minneapolis

Over 2,000 people will participate in the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society’s “Light The Night Walk” for blood cancer research.

Thousands of people will gather in downtown Minneapolis on Sunday evening to walk for cancer.

The Lymphoma & Leukemia Society’s “Light The Night Walk” helps raise awareness and funding for research and treatment of blood cancers, Light the Night's website says.

Festivities began at 4 p.m. on Sunday, but the walk will start at 7 p.m. More than 2,000 cancer survivors and supporters are expected to attend.

The annual event is the the Minnesota chapter's largest fundraiser for blood cancers, KSTP said.

The walk

Teams will carry lanterns as they make their way from the Depot and across the Stone Arch Bridge, the website says.

Then they'll turn back around and head back to the Depot for the after party with live music.

They will carry different colors of lanterns – red lanterns represent supporters, white are for survivors, and gold lanterns are in memory of lost loved ones.

The Minneapolis City Council has declared Oct. 16, 2016, "Light The Night Awareness Day."

And the 35W Bridge will be also be lit red, white and gold in support of the event, the resolution says.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

It was founded in 1949, with a mission to "cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families," their website says.

They gave $3 million in grants to the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic last year, and LLS funded research recently led to 14 new treatments for several types of blood cancers KSTP said.

Because there is no early screening or way to prevent most blood cancers, the society's research is focused on finding a cure, LLS said.

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