"Light the Night" walk at Wade Oval to help blood cancer research

"Light the Night" walk at Wade Oval to help blood cancer research

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Light the Night walk is a fundraising walk that took place Sunday at the Wade Oval in Cleveland.

So far participants have raised $358,000 of their $470,000 goal to help fund life-saving treatment and research for patients with various types of blood cancers.

The event, which is sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, raised over $60 million in 2014, and over $1 billion since they were founded in 1949.

Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams and consumers can help by donating at retail outlets.

Their efforts culminate in inspirational, memorable evening walks where participants carry illuminated lanterns: red in support, white if they are patients or survivors and gold in memory of lives lost. There is a Remembrance Ceremony and an inspirational Survivor Procession where patients and survivors carry their white lanterns onto a stage wearing red satin superhero capes to be greeted by costumed superheroes.

"I was scared at first, but, then after a while, it kind of became just a numb thing," said Jayla Howard, 15.

For the past few years, Jayla has taken more than two dozen medications daily, been in and out of the hospital, and underwent chemotherapy and bloodwork. Through it all, Jayla speaks about her experience at schools across Northeast Ohio.

She is now on the road to recovery. There is no more chemo for her, and she has reduced the number of daily medications down to just a handful, and blood tests are taken just once a month.

A second "Light the Night" walk will be held on Oct. 18 at the Cuyahoga Falls River Square.

If you want to donate to the cause, click HERE.

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