Leukemia & Lymphoma Society seeks help with masks for charity walk

A modified Light the Night fundraiser is scheduled for Oct. 15 at the Fraze in Kettering. CONTRIBUTED

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A modified Light the Night fundraiser is scheduled for Oct. 15 at the Fraze in Kettering. CONTRIBUTED

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary nonprofit health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. You may be familiar with the local organization that hosts three major fundraising campaigns: Light the Night, Students of the Year and Man & Woman of the Year.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, LLS staff have been working from home and will continue to do so indefinitely. Meetings are virtual and interaction with patients in active treatment has stopped at this time.

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The Man & Woman of the Year grand finale was virtual and the organization is currently planning a modified in person Light the Night Walk on Oct. 15 at the Fraze in Kettering.

“We are all looking forward to getting back to the ‘new normal,’” says director Cris Peterson. “Even though things have changed dramatically over the last several months, the commitment of all of us at LLS has not changed. Life is different than it was before, but cancer is still here and our patients and their families need us now more than ever.”

Those of us at the Dayton Daily News and Dayton.com are especially proud of our friend and colleague, Amelia Robinson, whose team recently won the community service award at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Tri-State Chapter Man and Woman of the Year ceremony. Robinson called it one of the greatest honors of her life.

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“We aren’t money people, but we are creative,” she wrote, after raising almost $20,000 with the help of her team and many friends. “Amelia Hates Cancer” brought a lot of attention to the nonprofit organization dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood cancers.

Their Wish List

  • Computer paper
  • Postage stamps
  • No. 10 legal sized envelopes
  • Long zip ties
  • Sandwich baggies
  • Address labels
  • Elastic
  • Thread
  • Buttons

The organization’s office — located at 3085 Woodman Drive, Suite 211 Dayton Ohio 45420 — is currently closed so if you’d like to donate or volunteer, you’re asked to contact Cris Peterson at cris.peterson@lls.org or (937) 469-6404.

Can you help make masks?

T-shirt fabric is often highly recommended for face masks. “We are looking for volunteers to use their sewing talents and our leftover Light the Night shirts to sew masks and port pockets for cancer patients,” says Peterson. Contact her if you’re interested in helping.

Another way to help: Light the Night is coming up on Oct. 15 at the Fraze. "This is an inspiring celebration of those who have been touched by cancer and to honor those we have lost," says Peterson. "The one-mile walk is held at dusk and participants carry illuminated lanterns — red are carried by supporters, white lanterns are carried by those touched by cancer and gold are carried to remember those we have lost to cancer."

To learn more or to register for the Dayton Light the Night, visit www.lightthenight.org/events/dayton.

For more information on other signature events, patient assistance programs or LLS, visit www.lls.org.

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