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Light The Night

"At the present time, I am incredibly optimistic that we are on the cusp of making significant advances in leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma with respect to both identifying new ways to effectively treat these diseases and also to prevent complications that arise as a consequence of them. Researchers are hearing that LLS is very limited in new things that can be funded but more importantly may have difficulty in maintaining research efforts they already have going to identify new therapies. The economic times could not have occurred at a worse time as it has great potential to significantly delay these advances and lead to the loss of patients with blood cancers who might have otherwise been saved from their battle."-Dr. John Byrd, LLS funded researcher at The Ohio State University.



Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's evening walk and fundraising event. It is the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lost.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) funds lifesaving research that has contributed to major advances in the treatment of blood cancers and treatments for other types of cancer, such as chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. These treatments have helped patients live better, longer lives. New targeted therapies that kill cancer cells without harming normal tissue are providing drugs and procedures that are improving quality of life.


  • A donation of $25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.

  • A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.

  • A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.

  • A donation of $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.

Our laboratory has been participating in Light the Night since 2005 as leading members of the James Researchers Team.  During this time, the James Researchers have raised over $60,000 for patients are research.  In 2010, we used such fun events as cornhole tournaments, concerts, and sales of OSU gear to have the 3rd highest fundraising total in central Ohio with over $20,000 raised.  The night of the event is a welcomed opportunity for the researchers to meet with patients and celebrate life.  The James Researchers Team is often asked to lead the walk as we are "Lighting the Path to a Cure".