GRANDE PRAIRIE COMMUNITY WALK

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Virtual Event

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Saturday June 13, 6:00pm

LIGHT THE NIGHT VIRTUAL WALK IN GRANDE PRAIRIE

In light of recent events, we’ve put the safety of the community above everything.

Light The Night symbolizes inspiration, hope and community.

We have made the decision to postpone our in-person The Light The Night Walk this spring and host a VIRTUAL LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK on Saturday, June 13. We are all connected for a cure.

Cancer does not stop, and neither will we.

 

Did you know blood cancers are the 4th most diagnosed cancer in Canada, yet the survival rates are much lower than many other cancers?

Research tells us that 68% of Canadians would feel helpless if they or someone they were close to was diagnosed with a blood cancer.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is dedicated to supporting patients at any stage of their cancer journey; providing information and vital support services. The money raised will also go to the most promising blood cancer research taking place at cancer centres across Canada.

You can bring hope to the blood cancer community, register now and get a jump start on fundraising!

Young child in Light The Night Vancouver
Volunteer at Light The Night Vancouver
Raising the white lantern to celebrate patients and survivors in Light The Night Vancouver
Support Light The Night Vancouver

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY
138,000

canadians are living
with or in remission
from a blood cancer

Join the Conversation!

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Niagara Falls

Volunteer Hosted Walk

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Virtual Event

 

DATE/TIME

Saturday, June 27, 2020
6:00pm

CONTACT

Alyssa Smith & Kalie Patton
alyssa.smith007@gmail.com & kalie.patton@lls.org

LIGHT THE NIGHT VIRTUAL WALK IN NIAGARA

In light of recent events, we’ve put the safety of the community above everything.

Light The Night symbolizes inspiration, hope and community.

We have made the decision to postpone our in-person The Light The Night Walk this spring and host a VIRTUAL LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK on Saturday, June 27. We are all connected for a cure.

Cancer does not stop, and neither will we.

 

Did you know blood cancers are the 4th most diagnosed cancer in Canada, yet the survival rates are much lower than many other cancers?

Research tells us that 68% of Canadians would feel helpless if they or someone they were close to was diagnosed with a blood cancer.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is dedicated to supporting patients at any stage of their cancer journey; providing information and vital support services. The money raised will also go to the most promising blood cancer research taking place at cancer centres across Canada.

You can bring hope to the blood cancer community, register now and get a jump start on fundraising!

Volunteers of Light The Night walk in London
Family team participating in Light The Night walk in London
Team of supporters participating in Light The Night walk in London
Light The Night walk in London

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY
138,000

canadians are living
with or in remission
from a blood cancer

Join the Conversation!

Wolfville Volunteer Hosted Walk

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Virtual Event

DATE/TIME

Saturday June 13, 2020

6:00pm

CONTACT

Crystal Simon
crystal.simon@lls.org

LIGHT THE NIGHT VIRTUAL WALK IN WOLFVILLE

In light of recent events, we’ve put the safety of the community above everything.

Light The Night symbolizes inspiration, hope and community.

We have made the decision to postpone our in-person The Light The Night Walk this spring and host a VIRTUAL LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK on Saturday, June 13. We are all connected for a cure.

Cancer does not stop, and neither will we.

 

Did you know blood cancers are the 4th most diagnosed cancer in Canada, yet the survival rates are much lower than many other cancers?

Research tells us that 68% of Canadians would feel helpless if they or someone they were close to was diagnosed with a blood cancer.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is dedicated to supporting patients at any stage of their cancer journey; providing information and vital support services.

The money raised will also go to the most promising blood cancer research taking place at cancer centres across Canada.

You can bring hope to the blood cancer community, register now and get a jump start on fundraising!

Young smiling child at Light The Night St. John's
Team in Light The Night St. John's
Light The Night St. John's

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY
138,000

canadians are living
with or in remission
from a blood cancer

Join the Conversation!

Truro Volunteer Hosted Walk

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Virtual Event

DATE/TIME

Saturday June 13, 2020
6:00pm

CONTACT

Connor Dalton
Connor.Dalton@lls.org
(902) 422-5999

LIGHT THE NIGHT VIRTUAL WALK IN TRURO

In light of recent events, we’ve put the safety of the community above everything.

Light The Night symbolizes inspiration, hope and community.

We have made the decision to postpone our in-person The Light The Night Walk this spring and host a VIRTUAL LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK on Saturday, June 13. We are all connected for a cure.

Cancer does not stop, and neither will we.

 

Did you know blood cancers are the 4th most diagnosed cancer in Canada, yet the survival rates are much lower than many other cancers?

Research tells us that 68% of Canadians would feel helpless if they or someone they were close to was diagnosed with a blood cancer.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is dedicated to supporting patients at any stage of their cancer journey; providing information and vital support services.

The money raised will also go to the most promising blood cancer research taking place at cancer centres across Canada.

You can bring hope to the blood cancer community, register now and get a jump start on fundraising!

Young smiling child at Light The Night St. John's
Team in Light The Night St. John's
Light The Night St. John's

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY
138,000

canadians are living
with or in remission
from a blood cancer

Join the Conversation!

Sydney Volunteer Hosted Walk

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Virtual Experience

DATE/TIME

Saturday June 13, 2020
6:00pm

CONTACT

Connor Dalton
connor.dalton@lls.org

LIGHT THE NIGHT VIRTUAL WALK IN SYDNEY

In light of recent events, we’ve put the safety of the community above everything.

Light The Night symbolizes inspiration, hope and community.

We have made the decision to postpone our in-person The Light The Night Walk this spring and host a VIRTUAL LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK on Saturday, June 13. We are all connected for a cure.

Cancer does not stop, and neither will we.

 

Did you know blood cancers are the 4th most diagnosed cancer in Canada, yet the survival rates are much lower than many other cancers?

Research tells us that 68% of Canadians would feel helpless if they or someone they were close to was diagnosed with a blood cancer.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is dedicated to supporting patients at any stage of their cancer journey; providing information and vital support services. The money raised will also go to the most promising blood cancer research taking place at cancer centres across Canada.

You can bring hope to the blood cancer community, register now and get a jump start on fundraising!

Young smiling child at Light The Night St. John's
Team in Light The Night St. John's
Light The Night St. John's

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY
138,000

canadians are living
with or in remission
from a blood cancer

Join the Conversation!

Dearcroft School Walk

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WHERE

1167 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville, ON

DATE/TIME

Friday October 18, 2019
3:00pm

CONTACT

Catherine DeBorba & Breanne Rymes

info@dearcroft-montessori.com

Light The Night School Walk Dearcroft 2019

Welcome to the volunteer led, Dearcroft School Light The Night Walk.  Join us on Friday, October 18 as we take steps to end blood cancer.

This Walk is led by Dearcroft School. Cancer has affected so many in our community, this night gives us an opportunity to come together and show our support. Please encourage your family and friends or anyone else in the community you know to fundraise and walk with us carrying an illuminated lantern.

A Community Walk is a Walk hosted by volunteers in the community. Individuals attending a Community walk can expect a wonderful time of solidarity and hope, but note this walk is not hosted by the LLSC.

Did you know blood cancers are the 4th most diagnosed cancer in Canada, yet the survival rates are much lower than many other cancers?

Research tells us that 68% of Canadians would feel helpless if they or someone they were close to was diagnosed with a blood cancer.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is dedicated to supporting patients at any stage of their cancer journey; providing information and vital support services. The money raised will also go to the most promising blood cancer research taking place at cancer centres across Canada.

You can bring hope to the blood cancer community, register now and get a jump start on fundraising!

Young child in Light The Night Vancouver
Volunteer at Light The Night Vancouver
Raising the white lantern to celebrate patients and survivors in Light The Night Vancouver
Support Light The Night Vancouver

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY
138,000

canadians are living
with or in remission
from a blood cancer

Join the Conversation!

LOCAL SPONSORS

CANADIAN OLYMPIAN RETURNS TO LIGHT THE NIGHT TO HELP ACCELERATE BLOOD CANCERS CURES

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) is proud to partner again with Max Parrot, Canadian Olympic snowboarder to help accelerate blood cancer cures. Max Parrot will walk in solidarity with the blood cancer community at our annual flagship event – Light The Night.

Max Parrot was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2018. Less than a year later and just two months after completing his blood cancer treatment, Max won gold at the Big Air X-Games in Oslo, Norway. Since then, he has continued to move his career in an upward trajectory, recently winning the prestigious X Games Aspen big air title – 13 months after being diagnosed with a blood cancer.

Light The Night Walk is an extraordinary event that brings together communities from across the country to celebrate survivors, honour those we’ve lost and give hope to those facing cancer. Each year, more than 35,000 Canadians participate to help accelerate blood cancer cures. The funds raised through Light The Night Walk are invested in lifesaving research, programs and services that support Canadians at every step of their blood cancer experience.

“My partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is obviously deeply personal. My goal is to inspire Canadians to support this cause until we find a cure.”

– Max Parrot

Join the Max Parrot Super Team or form your own team by registering for a Light The Night Walk in your community.

Already registered?

We can easily add you to Max’s Team.

Contact us today

About Max Parrot

Born and raised near the Bromont ski area, Max Parrot also inherited the DNA of his father Alain, an alpine ski racer and Canadian water ski jump champion. After switching from the family sport of skiing to snowboard when he was 10, he found his first success at 16, when he took third place at the St-Sauveur Shakedown. That marked the beginning of his professional career. However, his parents would only allow him to travel the world alone and loan him the money he would need to enter international level contests if he successfully completed high school…. (more coming soon)

 “Join my team or donate today to make a difference for anyone out there undergoing treatment like me. Without research there will be no cures. Every dollar raised funds lifesaving research, services and support and public education. I will be walking at the Light The Night Walk this fall, proudly holding my white lantern high. JOIN ME!”

– Max Parrot

About Max Parrot

Max Parrot began his professional snowboarding career at the age of 16 and went on to become the World Snowboard Tour Big Air Overall Champion. He has achieved over 25 podiums and four medals and is the second male ever to win the Snowboard Big Air and Slopestyle at the Big Air X Games. Max Parrot represented Canada at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, winning the silver medal in the latter. In August 2019, two months after completing his cancer treatment, Max competed in the 2019 X Games in Norway, winning gold.

“I wish to raise as much money and awareness as possible for blood cancer research and programs that assist patients and their families.”

– Max Parrot

Join Team Max Parrot & participate in any of the 12 Light The Night Walks across the country.

JOIN TEAM MAX PARROT

Form your own team on behalf of Max Parrot!

CREATE A TEAM

Donate to Max Parrot and fund lifesaving blood cancer research.

DONATE TO MAX PARROT

Bring Light to the Darkness of blood cancers

Take part in a powerful, emotional and inspiring event in your community.

The Light The Night Walk celebrates and honours cancer survivors, acts as a memorial to those facing a loss and gives hope and healing to those still fighting. These events bond communities together, creating life-long connections that bring light to the darkness of blood cancers.

We are taking steps towards cures. Join us today!

Walk Locations

There are 12 official Light The Night Walks hosted by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada in cities across the country and dozens of community-based Light The Night events led by volunteers and schools. Click on the link below to see a list of all the walks across Canada.

ALL WALK LOCATIONS

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Bring Light to the Darkness of blood cancers

Take part in a powerful, emotional and inspiring event in your community.

The Light The Night Walk celebrates and honours cancer survivors, acts as a memorial to those facing a loss and gives hope and healing to those still fighting. These events bond communities together, creating life-long connections that bring light to the darkness of blood cancers.

We are taking steps towards cures. Join us today!

Walk Locations

There are 12 official Light The Night Walks hosted by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada in cities across the country and dozens of community-based Light The Night events led by volunteers and schools. Click on the link below to see a list of all the walks across Canada.

ALL WALK LOCATIONS

INSPIRATIONAL STORIES

A community of heroes for a common cause.

YOU ARE LEADERS IN THE FIGHT TO END BLOOD CANCERS

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$6,500,000 Goal
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Kitchener Community Walk

REGISTRATION CLOSED

WHERE

55 King St. W. Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1

DATE/TIME

Friday October 25, 2019
6:30pm

CONTACT

Tania Wybenga
tania.wybenga@lls.org

Light The Night Community Walk Kitchener 2019

Welcome to the volunteer led, Kitchener Community Light The Night Walk.
Join us on Friday, October 25th at Procom 55 King St. W. as we take steps to end blood cancer.
Cancer has affected so many in our community, this night gives us an opportunity to come together and show our support.
Please encourage your family, friends, coworkers, or anyone else you know to fundraise and walk with us carrying an illuminated lantern.

A Community Walk is a Walk hosted by volunteers in the community. 
Individuals attending a Community walk can expect a wonderful time of solidarity and hope, but note this walk is not hosted by the LLSC.

Did you know blood cancers are the 4th most diagnosed cancer in Canada, yet the survival rates are much lower than many other cancers?

Research tells us that 68% of Canadians would feel helpless if they or someone they were close to was diagnosed with a blood cancer.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is dedicated to supporting patients at any stage of their cancer journey; providing information and vital support services. The money raised will also go to the most promising blood cancer research taking place at cancer centres across Canada.

You can bring hope to the blood cancer community, register now and get a jump start on fundraising!

Young child in Light The Night Vancouver
Volunteer at Light The Night Vancouver
Raising the white lantern to celebrate patients and survivors in Light The Night Vancouver
Support Light The Night Vancouver

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY
138,000

canadians are living
with or in remission
from a blood cancer

Join the Conversation!

LOCAL SPONSORS

Bring Light to the Darkness of blood cancers

Take part in a powerful, emotional and inspiring event in your community.

The Light The Night Walk celebrates and honours cancer survivors, acts as a memorial to those facing a loss and gives hope and healing to those still fighting. These events bond communities together, creating life-long connections that bring light to the darkness of blood cancers.

We are taking steps towards cures. Join us today!

Walk Locations

There are 12 official Light The Night Walks hosted by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada in cities across the country and dozens of community-based Light The Night events led by volunteers and schools. Click on the link below to see a list of all the walks across Canada.

ALL WALK LOCATIONS

Join the Conversation!

NATIONAL SPONSORS

L’événement

Qu’est-ce que la Marche Illumine la nuit?

La Marche Illumine la nuit de la Société de leucémie et lymphome du Canada finance des recherches qui sauvent des vies et des programmes de soutien pour les personnes aux prises avec le cancer. Amis, familles et collègues forment des équipes de collecte de fonds, dans un mouvement de solidarité en faveur d’un monde sans cancer du sang.

Comment m’inscrire à la Marche Illumine la nuit?

Merci d’avoir franchi cette première étape dans la lutte contre le cancer du sang. Pour vous inscrire, rien de plus facile! Rendez-vous à illuminelanuit.ca et cliquez sur « s’inscrire » dans le menu du haut. Pour connaître la marche à suivre, cliquez ici!

Y a-t-il des frais d’inscription?

Non, il n’y a pas de frais pour vous inscrire à la Marche Illumine la nuit.

Cependant, chaque marcheur recueillant au moins 100 $ de dons recevra une lanterne qu’il pourra porter pendant la Marche Illumine la nuit. Les marcheurs qui amassent moins de 100 $ sont tout de même invités à se joindre à nous pour une soirée inspirante, mais ne recevront pas de lanterne illuminée.

À quoi puis-je m’attendre au cours de cette soirée?

Attendez-vous à être submergé par l’espoir et l’inspiration. Vous serez entouré de personnes qui se sont donné exactement la même mission que vous : trouver un remède aux cancers du sang. Vous entendrez des histoires qui témoignent des progrès réalisés dans le domaine de la recherche, et vous rencontrerez des familles qui ont malheureusement perdu un être cher, attestant de tout le travail qu’il nous reste encore à faire. Vous pourrez profiter d’agréables divertissements, vous recueillir pendant des moments réservés à la commémoration, et prendre part aux nombreuses activités proposées sur le site principal. La Marche Illumine la nuit vous fera passer une soirée inoubliable, au sein d’une famille dont vous ne soupçonniez pas l’existence.

À quelle heure commence l’inscription sur place?

Il est possible de s’inscrire et d’accéder au site principal dès 17 h.

Quel est l’horaire de la soirée?

Votre équipe locale s’assurera de vous faire parvenir toute l’information nécessaire au sujet du stationnement, de l’inscription sur place, de la nourriture et des autres choses à ne pas rater. De façon générale, toutes les activités se mettent en branle à 17 h et la marche commence à 19 h.

Et s’il pleut?

La marche a lieu beau temps mauvais temps! Dans la faible éventualité d’un phénomène météorologique local ou de conditions extérieures dangereuses empêchant la tenue de la marche, le personnel local communiquera avec tous les participants inscrits.

Puis-je amener mes enfants à la marche ?

Tout à fait! La Marche Illumine la nuit est un événement familial. Nos plus jeunes amis pourront se divertir en participant à des activités et à des jeux amusants sur le site!

Est-il permis d’amener des animaux domestiques à la marche?

Oui, vos amis à fourrure sont les bienvenus à la marche. Veuillez toutefois les garder en laisse et vous assurer qu’ils seront à l’aise dans la foule. Bien qu’il y ait de l’eau sur place, nous vous recommandons de leur apporter quelques gâteries.

Y a-t-il de la nourriture sur place?

Oui, il est possible de se procurer de l’eau et des collations sur place. Même s’il y aura un grand choix de nourriture, nous vous suggérons de prendre un repas complet avant d’arriver.

Je marche à la mémoire d’un proche disparu, y a-t-il une façon de lui rendre hommage?

Nous vous offrons nos plus sincères condoléances et vous remercions d’honorer la mémoire de votre proche en participant à la lutte contre les cancers du sang. Un kilomètre entier de la marche est consacré à la mémoire des proches disparus, et vous pourrez nommer un luminaire en hommage à l’être cher dans cette portion du parcours. Si vous n’avez pas fourni le nom de la personne disparue au cours du processus d’inscription, veuillez communiquer avec votre équipe locale pour vous assurer que son nom sera inscrit. En parallèle, dans un pavillon de commémoration installé sur le site, se tiendront aussi des cérémonies spéciales en l’honneur de tous ceux qui ont succombé à un cancer du sang.

J’ai survécu à un cancer du sang. Y a-t-il quelque chose de prévu pour honorer les survivants ou ceux qui luttent actuellement contre la maladie?

Oui! Veuillez communiquer avec votre équipe locale pour savoir comment vous pouvez faire partie du kilomètre des héros et de la cérémonie pour les survivants et les patients!

Puis-je organiser ma propre Marche Illumine la nuit?

OUI! Toute personne peut décider d’organiser une Marche Illumine la nuit dans sa communauté au Canada. En plus des 12 marches nationales organisées par la SLLC, se déroulent également d’autres marches dans les communautés et dans les écoles de nombreuses villes du Canada. Communiquez avec le bureau régional le plus proche pour savoir par où commencer pour organiser une marche dans votre communauté ou même dans une école!

Le parcours de la marche

Quelle est la longueur du parcours? La marche dure-t-elle toute la soirée?

Non, bien que le parcours varie d’un endroit à l’autre dans tout le Canada, aucune des Marches Illumine la nuit n’excède 5 km. Si vous avez des restrictions pour la marche, sachez que nous avons des fauteuils roulants sur place, à la disposition des personnes qui en auraient besoin. L’événement Illumine la nuit ne dure pas plus de 4 heures, à compter du moment où vous arrivez sur le site principal jusqu’au moment de regagner votre voiture pour partir.

La marche est-elle accessible aux fauteuils roulants?

La Marche Illumine la nuit est un événement inclusif. Oui, l’événement est accessible en fauteuil roulant. Il est aussi possible pour vous de louer un fauteuil roulant pour la soirée.

Collecte de fonds

À quoi contribuent concrètement les fonds que je recueille?

  • Financer des thérapies novatrices destinées aux patients atteints de cancers du sang;
  • Fournir de la documentation, offrir des programmes de soutien et organiser des événements pour les patients et leur famille, et ce, gratuitement;
  • Proposer des programmes locaux comme Premier contact, un programme de soutien par jumelage;
  • Offrir une aide complète et personnalisée par l’intermédiaire de notre Centre d’information et de ressources;
  • Donner des séances d’information aux professionnels de la santé et aux groupes de non-patients.

Je me suis inscrit à la Marche Illumine la nuit, mais je ne sais pas par où commencer pour recueillir des fonds. Y a-t-il des ressources à ma disposition?

OUI! Le personnel spécialisé en collecte de fonds de votre région peut vous aider à réfléchir aux moyens d’amasser des fonds et même vous fournir des ressources. Communiquez avec votre bureau local pour connaître votre représentant. Pour avoir accès à un éventail complet d’outils de collecte de fonds, cliquez ici.

J’ai recueilli des dons par chèques et en espèces, comment puis-je les voir apparaître sur ma page de collecte de fonds?

Veuillez déposer ces dons à votre bureau local ou organiser une réunion avec votre coach de collecte de fonds pour les lui remettre. Cela peut prendre ensuite jusqu’à deux semaines pour que ces dons apparaissent sur votre page d’équipe.

Former une équipe

Est-il difficile de former une équipe?

Pas du tout! Une fois que vous aurez désigné un capitaine d’équipe qui servira de point de contact entre votre organisation ou votre famille et la SLLC, nous vous fournirons les documents et directives nécessaires pour vous aider à former une équipe gagnante!

Combien de membres doit compter une équipe?

Il n’y a pas de limite au nombre de personnes dans une équipe. Nous recommandons cependant de monter une équipe d’au moins 10 personnes. En comptant sur 10 personnes capables chacune de solliciter son propre réseau, votre action aura une portée plus grande et vous atteindrez votre objectif de collecte de fonds beaucoup plus facilement! Plus il y a de marcheurs dans votre équipe, plus vous vous amuserez!

La création d’une équipe doit-elle donner lieu à un don d’entreprise?

Les dons d’entreprise sont encouragés, mais pas obligatoires. La plupart des contributions proviennent des membres d’équipe eux-mêmes. Les programmes de dons jumelés permettent cependant de renforcer leurs efforts.

Comment mon entreprise peut-elle participer?

Les entreprises peuvent participer en désignant un capitaine et en organisant des équipes d’employés (qui peuvent comprendre des amis, des voisins et des membres de la famille) afin d’amasser de l’argent et de participer à la marche. Le personnel local de la SLLC peut aussi organiser des présentations sur les lieux de travail afin de susciter l’enthousiasme de vos collègues et les encourager à participer!

Récompenses

Est-ce que chaque marcheur obtient une lanterne?

Chaque marcheur recueillant au moins 100 $ de dons recevra une lanterne qu’il pourra porter pendant la Marche Illumine la nuit. Les marcheurs qui amassent moins de 100 $ sont tout de même invités à se joindre à nous pour une soirée inspirante, mais ne recevront pas de lanterne illuminée.

Les patients et les survivants reçoivent tous une lanterne, sans égard aux fonds amassés.

Que signifient les couleurs des lanternes?

Les lanternes symbolisent l’apport de lumière pour vaincre les cancers du sang. Chaque couleur représente la nature de votre appui à notre mission; rouge pour ceux qui soutiennent la cause, dorée pour ceux qui marchent en mémoire d’un proche disparu, et blanche pour les survivants et ceux qui luttent en ce moment contre un cancer du sang.

J’ai participé à la marche au cours des années passées et nous avons reçu des t-shirts et autres articles cadeaux. Quelles sont les récompenses offertes cette année?

Chaque année, nous procédons à un examen de notre programme Illumine la nuit afin de comprendre comment nous pouvons l’améliorer pour redonner davantage aux patients et à leur famille. Nous avons apporté quelques petits changements à la formule en réduisant le budget des récompenses pour investir dans un programme offrant un meilleur soutien aux patients et aux familles qui doivent faire face aux défis de la vie après un cancer.

Voilà pourquoi nous n’offrons aucune autre récompense que les lanternes officielles, à partir du seuil de dons de 100 $.

Quelle est la somme économisée par les coupes dans les récompenses et comment cet argent sera-t-il redistribué dans le cadre de votre mission?

Nous avons économisé une somme supplémentaire de 100 000 $ qui ira à l’élaboration et à la mise en œuvre d’un programme d’appui aux survivants. Pour connaître la proportion des dépenses consacrées au soutien des patients et de la recherche par rapport à celles destinées à la collecte de fonds et aux autres activités, veuillez visiter notre page d’information financière en cliquant ici.

L’ATHLÈTE OLYMPIQUE CANADIEN SE JOINT DE NOUVEAU À LA MARCHE ILLUMINE LA NUIT AFIN D’ACCÉLÉRER LA MISE AU POINT DE TRAITEMENTS CONTRE LES CANCERS DU SANG

La Société de leucémie et lymphome du Canada (SLLC) est fière de s’associer encore une fois à Max Parrot, planchiste olympique canadien, afin d’accélérer la mise au point de traitements contre les cancers du sang. Max Parrot marchera dans la solidarité avec la communauté des cancers du sang lors de notre événement phare annuel, la Marche Illumine la nuit.

Max Parrot a reçu un diagnostic de lymphome hodgkinien en 2018. Moins d’un an plus tard, et seulement deux mois après la fin de son traitement contre le cancer, Max a remporté l’or à l’épreuve du Big Air lors des X Games d’Oslo, en Norvège. Depuis, il poursuit sur cette lancée et a remporté récemment l’épreuve du Big Air aux prestigieux X Games d’Aspen13 mois après avoir reçu un diagnostic de cancer du sang.

La Marche Illumine la nuit est un événement extraordinaire qui rassemble les communautés partout au pays afin de rendre hommage aux survivants du cancer, d’honorer la mémoire des personnes disparues et d’apporter l’espoir à ceux qui luttent contre le cancer. Chaque année, plus de 35 000 Canadiens y participent afin d’accélérer la mise au point de traitements contre les cancers du sang. Les fonds recueillis à l’occasion des Marches Illumine la nuit servent à financer la recherche qui sauve des vies ainsi que les programmes et les services qui aident les Canadiens à toutes les étapes de leur combat contre le cancer.

« La raison de mon partenariat avec la Société de leucémie et lymphome du Canada est évidemment très personnelle. Mon but est d’inciter les Canadiens à soutenir cette cause jusqu’à ce que nous trouvions un remède. »

– Max Parrot

Joignez vous à l’équipe nationale de Max Parrot ou formez votre propre équipe en vous inscrivant à une Marche Illumine la nuit dans votre communauté.

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À PROPOS DE MAX PARROT

Max Parrot a amorcé sa carrière de planchiste professionnel à l’âge de 16 ans et il s’est hissé au rang de champion du monde à l’épreuve du Big Air (grand saut) du World Snowboard Tour. Il a grimpé sur plus de 25 podiums et décroché quatre médailles, et il est le deuxième homme seulement à avoir remporté à la fois les épreuves du Big Air et du Slopestyle (descente acrobatique) lors des X Games. Max Parrot a représenté le Canada aux Jeux olympiques de Sotchi 2014 ainsi qu’aux Jeux olympiques de Pyeongchang 2018, où il a gagné l’argent.

 « Pendant que je poursuis mon traitement, j’aimerais, autant que possible, recueillir de l’argent et sensibiliser la population à la recherche sur les cancers du sang et aux programmes de soutien destinés aux patients et à leurs familles. »

– Max Parrot

À PROPOS DE MAX PARROT

Max Parrot a amorcé sa carrière de planchiste professionnel à l’âge de 16 ans et il s’est hissé au rang de champion du monde à l’épreuve du Big Air (grand saut) du World Snowboard Tour. Il a grimpé sur plus de 25 podiums et décroché quatre médailles, et il est le deuxième homme seulement à avoir remporté à la fois les épreuves du Big Air et du Slopestyle (descente acrobatique) lors des X Games. Max Parrot a représenté le Canada aux Jeux olympiques de Sotchi 2014 ainsi qu’aux Jeux olympiques de Pyeongchang 2018, où il a gagné l’argent.

« Pendant que je poursuis mon traitement, j’aimerais, autant que possible, recueillir de l’argent et sensibiliser la population à la recherche sur les cancers du sang et aux programmes de soutien destinés aux patients et à leurs familles. »

– Max Parrot

Joignez-vous à l’équipe de Max Parrot et participez à l’un des 12 événements de la Marche Illumine la nuit organisés dans tout le pays.

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The Event

What is the Light The Night Walk?

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s Light The Night Walk funds lifesaving research and support for people battling cancer. Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams and come together in solidarity for a world without blood cancers.

How do I register for the Light The NightWalk?

Thank you for taking the first step in the fight to end blood cancers. Registration is easy! Just click here to begin the registration process. You can register as an individual or as a team.  For a step by step guide on completing your registration, click here!

Is there a registration fee?

No, there is no registration fee when you sign up for the Light The Night Walk.

However, every walker who raises $100 or more will receive a lantern to hold during the Light The Night Walk. Walkers who raise less than $100 are still welcome to join us for an inspirational evening, but do not qualify for an illuminated lantern.

What can I expect that evening?

You can expect to be filled with hope and inspiration. You will be surrounded by people who all share the exact same mission as you: to find a cure for blood cancers. You will hear stories that showcase the advancements made in the realm of research, and you’ll meet families who have unfortunately lost someone and show we still have work to be done. You will celebrate through great entertainment, remember through moments of commemoration and have fun through the numerous activations across the main site. The Light The Night Walk is an evening you will never forget, with a family you never knew you had.

What time does registration open?

National LLSC hosted walks open access to the main site at 5:00pm. Community hosted walks start times may vary. To confirm the start time of your walk check our list of walks here.

What is the schedule of the evening?

Your local fundraising staff will ensure you have all the necessary information from parking, registration, food and other various areas you will not want to miss. Generally, all events begin at 5:00pm with the Walk starting at 7:00pm.

What happens if it rains?

The Walk takes place rain or shine! In the rare event of a local phenomenon, or if the weather is classified as dangerous to be outdoors, which would prohibit the Walk from taking place, local staff will be in contact with all registered participants.

Can I bring my children to the Walk?

Absolutely! The Light The Night Walk is a family friendly event. Our youngest friends have access to fun games and activities on site to keep them entertained!

Are pets allowed at the Walk?

As much as we would love to have your fury friend join us please contact your local staff to confirm as some parks have bylaws which do not allow pets in the park.

Please ensure they are on a leash and are comfortable in large crowds. While there will be water on site, we recommend bringing them some tasty treats.

Is there food on site?

Yes, snacks and water are available on site. While there are plenty of food options, we do encourage eating a full meal beforehand.

I’m walking in honour of a lost loved one, is there an option to commemorate them?

We are sorry for your loss and thank you for carrying their legacy forward in the fight to end blood cancers. We have an entire KM dedicated to lost loves one’s memories where you can have a luminary in their name. If you did not provide the name during the registration process, please connect with your local fundraising staff to ensure their name will be featured. At the same time, there is a remembrance pavilion on site where special ceremonies will take place in honour of all loved ones lost from a blood cancer.

I’m a survivor of a blood cancer. Is there anything done to honour those who survived or are currently battling?

Yes! Please connect with your local fundraising staff to find out how you can be featured on the KM of Heroes and how you can be a part of the survivor/patient ceremony!

Can I host my own Light The Night Walk?

YES! Individuals in cities across Canada can choose to host a Light The Night Walk in their own community. Other than the 12 national LLSC – hosted Walks, Community Walks or School Walks, are held in multiple cities across Canada. Connect with the nearest regional office to find out how you can get started on a community walk, or even a walk in a school!

The Walk Route

How long is the Walk route? Do we walk all evening?

No, while Walks across Canada have different layouts, no Light The Night Walk is longer than 5km. If you have any restrictions, please reach out to local staff who can answer any questions about the accessibility of the Walk. The Light The Night Event is no longer than 4 hours from the moment you arrive on the main site until you arrive at your car to leave.

Is the walk wheelchair accessible?

The Light The Night Walk is an inclusive event. Yes, the event is wheelchair accessible. Please reach out to local staff to find out more about the accessibility of the Walk.

Fundraising

How does my fundraising make a difference?

  • Funds breakthrough therapies for blood cancer patients
  • Provides free educational materials, support programs and events for patients and families
  • Provides local programs such as our First connection, a peer-to-peer counselling program
  • Comprehensive, personalized assistance through our Information Resource Centre
  • Educational information sessions for healthcare professionals and non-patient groups

I’ve registered for the Light The Night Walk, but am unsure on how to start fundraising. Are there resources available to me?

YES! You have access to a fundraising staff in your region that can help you brainstorm fundraising ideas or even provide you with resources. Call your local office to find out who your representative is. If you wish to access a range of fundraising materials, click here.

I have collected cheques and cash, how can I see that reflected on my fundraising page?

Please arrange to either drop off these donations at your local office, or set up a meeting with your fundraising coach to pick them up. It can take up to two weeks for those donations to be reflected on your team page.

Building a team

Is it difficult to form a team?

Not at all! Once you appoint a team captain to act as a liaison between the LLSC and your organization or family, we will provide materials and guidelines to help you build a successful Light The Night team!

How many people do we need to form a team?

There is no limit to how many people you can have on a team. We do recommend, however, having a team of at least 10 people. With 10 people reaching out to their network, you can have a reach on a larger scale as well as attaining your fundraising goal much easier! The more walkers on your team, the more fun it is!

Does having a team require some kind of corporate donation?

Corporate donations are encouraged, but not required. The majority of contributions will be generated by your individual team members. However, corporate matching gifts can enhance employee fundraising efforts.

How can my company participate?

Companies participate by identifying a team captain, and organizing teams of employees, including their friends, neighbors and family members, to raise money and walk in the event. Local LLSC staff can host presentations in your workplace to help get your colleagues motivated and excited to participate!

Incentives

Does every walker get a lantern?

Every walker who raises $100 or more will receive a lantern to carry during the Light The Night Walk. Walkers who raise less than $100 are still welcome to join us for an inspirational evening, but do not qualify for an illuminated lantern.

Patients and survivors receive a lantern, however, regardless of their fundraising level.

What do the lantern colours mean?

The lanterns are the symbol of light in the dark world of blood cancers. Each colour reflects your connection to our mission; red for those who support the cause, gold for those who walk in memory of a lost loved one and white for those who have survived or are currently fighting a blood cancer.

I’ve walked in previous years and we had received t-shirts and other swag. What are the incentives this year?

Every year we review Light The Night to understand how we can improve and give more back to patients and their families. We have made some small changes reducing incentives to invest in a program that will better support patients and families struggling with the challenges of life after cancer.

For that reason, we are not offering any swag beyond the official lanterns at the $100 level.

How much was saved on incentives and how will that money be distributed toward your mission?

We have saved an additional $100k that will be directed to the development and implementation of a survivorship program. To know the ratio of dollars spent on patient support & research versus fundraising and other activities, please visit our financials page here.

Outils

FORMULAIRE DE PROMESSE DE DONS

Formulaire de promesse de dons

INFOGRAPHIQUES

Collecte de fonds 101
Comment s’inscrire
Comment soumettre vos dons collectés hors ligne

MÉDIA SOCIAUX

Publications sur Facebook et Instagram
Survivant – Publication 1
Survivante – Publication 1
Survivant – Publication 2
Survivante – Publication 2
Patient – Publication 1
Patiente – Publication 1
Patient – Publication 2
Patiente – Publication 2
Sympathisant – Publication 1
Sympathisante – Publication 1
Sympathisant – Publication 2
Sympathisante – Publication 2
À la mémoire – Publication 1
À la mémoire – Publication 2
Générique – Publication 1
Générique – Publication 2
Publication vidéo
Photos de couverture Facebook
Photo de couverture 1 – Bleu
Photo de couverture 2 – Rouge

SIGNATURES DE COURRIEL

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LOGO MARCHE ILLUMINE LA NUIT

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Arrière-fond pâle
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Partenaires Nationaux

Fundraising Tools

PLEDGE FORM

Pledge Form

INFOGRAPHICS

Fundraising 101
How to Register
How to Manage Cash & Cheques

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook & Instagram Posts
Survivor Post 1
Survivor Post 2
Patient Post 1
Patient Post 2
Supporter Post 1
Supporter Post 2
In Memory Post 1
In Memory Post 2
Generic Post 1
Generic Post 2
Video Clip Post
Facebook Cover Photos
Cover Photo 1 – Blue
Cover Photo 2 – Red

EMAIL SIGNATURES

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LIGHT THE NIGHT LOGO

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NATIONAL SPONSORS

Sudbury Community Walk

REGISTRATION CLOSED

WHERE

Elizabeth St. Gazebo
Bell Park, Paris St, Sudbury, ON P3E 3B6

DATE/TIME

Friday September 27, 2019
5:00pm

CONTACT

Traci Franklin
TFranklin@hsnsudbury.ca

Light The Night Community Walk Sudbury 2019

Welcome to the volunteer led, Sudbury Community Light The Night Walk.
Join us on Friday, September 27 at Elizabeth St. Gazebo as we take steps to end blood cancer.
Cancer has affected so many in our community, this night gives us an opportunity to come together and show our support.
Please encourage your family, friends, coworkers, or anyone else you know to fundraise and walk with us carrying an illuminated lantern.

A Community Walk is a Walk hosted by volunteers in the community. 
Individuals attending a Community walk can expect a wonderful time of solidarity and hope, but note this walk is not hosted by the LLSC.

Did you know blood cancers are the 4th most diagnosed cancer in Canada, yet the survival rates are much lower than many other cancers?

Research tells us that 68% of Canadians would feel helpless if they or someone they were close to was diagnosed with a blood cancer.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is dedicated to supporting patients at any stage of their cancer journey; providing information and vital support services. The money raised will also go to the most promising blood cancer research taking place at cancer centres across Canada.

You can bring hope to the blood cancer community, register now and get a jump start on fundraising!

Young child in Light The Night Vancouver
Volunteer at Light The Night Vancouver
Raising the white lantern to celebrate patients and survivors in Light The Night Vancouver
Support Light The Night Vancouver

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY
138,000

canadians are living
with or in remission
from a blood cancer

Join the Conversation!

LOCAL SPONSORS

*CANCELLED*
FLIN FLON COMMUNITY WALK

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DATE/TIME

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*2019 EVENT CANCELLED*

Young child in Light The Night Vancouver
Volunteer at Light The Night Vancouver
Raising the white lantern to celebrate patients and survivors in Light The Night Vancouver
Support Light The Night Vancouver

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY
138,000

canadians are living
with or in remission
from a blood cancer

Join the Conversation!

La vie après un cancer peut être difficile.

Les survivants se retrouvent souvent à l’urgence pour des problèmes d’infertilité, de fatigue chronique et d’affaiblissement du système immunitaire.

Sans oublier les autres démons, comme la dépression, l’anxiété et la crainte d’une récidive ou d’un deuxième cancer.

Ce ne sont que quelques exemples.

Tout le monde s’attend à ce que les survivants passent à autre chose et soient reconnaissants. Mais beaucoup se perdent dans la transition qui suit le cancer.

À l’occasion de la Journée mondiale contre le cancer, la Société de leucémie et lymphome du Canada lève le voile sur la vie après un cancer.

Nous lancerons des conversations franches partout au pays.

Nous sommes là pour aider les survivants à parler ouvertement de leur épreuve.

 Car la vie après un cancer est compliquée, et personne ne devrait avoir à y faire face seul.

Vous êtes un patient, un proche aidant ou un professionnel de la santé à la recherche d’information ou de soutien? Accédez à nos services de soutien aux patients GRATUITS.

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PRÉINSCRIPTION

Kelsey Westbrook

« Je ne veux pas être définie par le cancer. »

Type de cancer : Lymphome hodgkinien

Âge au moment du diagnostic : 28 ans

Symptômes précoces : « J’ai d’abord remarqué une bosse derrière ma clavicule. À l’époque, je me préparais pour une course, alors je l’ai oubliée pendant environ un mois. Finalement, je l’ai fait examiner et, lors de mon échographie, le radiologiste m’a dit qu’il me recommanderait une tomodensitométrie et une biopsie, “car les jeunes aussi peuvent avoir un lymphome”. Je me suis demandé si c’est vraiment de cette manière qu’un professionnel de la santé devait aborder ce sujet avec moi, mais avant que je puisse prononcer ces mots à voix haute, le radiologiste m’a saluée et a quitté la pièce. »

Le cancer a-t-il une cause? « Personne ne sait pourquoi le cancer survient; il apparaît sans prévenir, et c’est comme ça. C’est le produit du hasard. Avant le cancer, j’étais active et en santé; j’étais donc frustrée de voir des gens de mon âge malmener leur corps et ne pas avoir de cancer. Je n’étais pas en colère, je devais rester positive pour traverser cette expérience. »

La vie suspendue : « Ce qu’il y a de mieux dans la vingtaine, c’est l’indépendance liée à la liberté financière. Lorsque j’ai reçu mon diagnostic, j’ai pris un congé d’invalidité à long terme et j’ai dû accepter un peu d’aide financière de mes parents pendant ma période d’attente. J’ai trouvé ça difficile. »

Le chemin de la guérison : « J’ai immédiatement commencé les traitements de chimiothérapie et en six mois, j’étais hors de danger. Je me sentais presque mieux que ce que j’avais espéré. J’étais simplement chauve. »

Les limites personnelles : « Entre les traitements, j’allais assez bien pour prendre l’avion et voir ma famille. Une femme assise à côté de moi m’a demandé si j’étais en traitement. Elle voulait pratiquement tout savoir. Son manque de considération flagrant pour mes limites personnelles m’a mise mal à l’aise. »

Sur la vie après le cancer : « Ma grande frustration face à cette expérience, c’est que certaines personnes veulent l’envelopper d’un joli ruban et la désigner comme mon “combat contre le cancer”. Je ne veux pas être définie par le cancer, car je suis bien plus que ça. Je veux être moi. »

Erica Harris

« Le cancer a été une expérience transformatrice pour moi. »

Type de cancer : Leucémie myéloïde aiguë

Âge au moment du diagnostic : 35 ans

Symptômes précoces : « En rétrospective, il y avait des signes évidents que quelque chose n’allait pas, mais j’ai complètement omis de les voir dans leur ensemble. Je savais que j’étais vraiment épuisée, mais je pensais que c’était le cas de toutes les jeunes mères. J’avais beaucoup de sueurs nocturnes, que j’ai d’abord attribuées à des changements hormonaux. J’ai aussi développé d’intenses éruptions cutanées sur les mains et les paupières, mais je pensais que c’était tout simplement de l’eczéma. Ce n’était pas revenu depuis mon traitement il y a plusieurs années. »

Vous avez le cancer : « Ces mots m’ont semblé surréalistes. Je me souviens que j’étais assise dans le bureau du médecin, complètement sonnée, et que je regardais par la fenêtre. Une femme marchait énergiquement sur le trottoir en bas et saluait d’autres personnes d’un air jovial, ce qui m’a marquée. Son entrain et sa vigueur ont projeté pour moi une vision très forte, à laquelle je me suis accrochée durant mon combat. Mon objectif était de retrouver cette énergie que j’avais toujours eue moi aussi. »

Le chemin de la guérison : « Lorsque j’ai appris que ma leucémie était agressive, une recherche mondiale a été lancée, car mon seul frère n’était pas un donneur de moelle osseuse compatible. Si je suis en vie aujourd’hui, c’est grâce à la gentillesse d’un parfait inconnu à l’autre bout du monde. Mon donneur, un jeune Allemand, a éclairé mon chemin en me donnant un espoir de survie tenace. Cet espoir m’a donné la force d’affronter toutes les complications qui allaient suivre, notamment la double greffe de poumons que j’ai subie à peine trois ans plus tard. Malheureusement, toutes ces tribulations ont pesé trop lourd et mon mariage n’a pas résisté. »

Sur la vie après le cancer : « Le cancer a été une expérience transformatrice pour moi. Cela a rempli mon cœur d’un énorme sentiment de gratitude, qui fait que j’apprécie littéralement chaque moment que la vie me donne. Cela m’a donné des ailes. Je peux jouer à fond mon rôle de maman et être la plus fervente supporter qui soit pour mes enfants, à toutes les étapes de leur vie! »

Christina Law

« J’ai dû accepter ma nouvelle normalité et m’y adapter. »

Type de cancer : Leucémie myéloïde aiguë

Âge au moment du diagnostic : 27 ans

Vous avez le cancer : « Nous étions mariés depuis quelques années et avions hâte de fonder une famille. Mon diagnostic est tombé peu de temps après que je commence à éprouver des problèmes de fatigue et de vision. Une prise de sang et une biopsie ont confirmé le diagnostic et, dans les 48 heures qui ont suivi, un plan de traitement a été établi. »

Le chemin de la guérison : « Je réagissais bien aux traitements de chimiothérapie et, en 18 mois, j’étais en rémission. Je suis retournée au travail et j’ai repris ma vie. Dix ans plus tard, j’étais revenue à la case départ. »

La vie suspendue : « Je me sentais mieux que jamais, mais mes analyses sanguines annuelles ont montré que mes plaquettes chutaient. Cette fois, on m’a diagnostiqué un syndrome myélodysplasique (SMD). Au début, il n’y a généralement aucun symptôme associé à cette maladie. »

Sur la maternité : « Avant la rechute, nous pouvions encore avoir des enfants, mais nous avons décidé d’y renoncer, car nous nous inquiétions pour l’avenir. Et si le cancer réapparaissait pendant ma grossesse? Nous ne pouvions tout simplement pas choisir entre sauver ma vie ou celle de notre bébé. Au fil des ans, nous avons appris à accepter cette décision. »

Sur la vie après le cancer : « Malgré certains des effets que je continue de ressentir depuis le traitement, je suis en santé et reconnaissante d’être là. »

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Life after cancer can be challenging.

After treatment, it’s common to feel excited and anxious about the future.

At this stage, survivors often reflect on their priorities, relationships and goals.

Many survivors say that cancer changes them.

And with time, they often find a new and more meaningful way of living.

Everyone expects survivors to move on and feel grateful. But many people still need our support.

On World Cancer Day, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is lifting the veil on life after cancer.

We’re starting candid conversations in communities across the country.

We’re here to help survivors talk openly about some of what they’re going through.

Because life after cancer can be complicated, but we can help survivors navigate this part of their journey.

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Kelsey Westbrook

“I don’t want to be defined by cancer.”

Type of Cancer: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Diagnosed at age: 28

Early symptoms: “I first noticed a bump behind my collarbone. At the time, I was preparing for a race, so I left it alone for about a month. Eventually, I had it checked out and during my ultrasound appointment, the radiologist said that he is going to recommend a CT scan and a biopsy “because young people get lymphoma too”. I thought to myself – is this how a medical professional should be having this conversation with me, but before I could say those words out loud, the radiologist said his goodbye and left the room.”

Cancer happens for a reason? “No one knows why cancer happens, it just does. It’s the luck of the draw. Before cancer, I was active and healthy, so it was frustrating to watch people my age treat their bodies poorly and not have cancer. I wasn’t angry, I needed to stay positive to get through this experience.”

Life, interrupted: “The best part about being in your 20s is the independence that comes from having financial freedom. When I was diagnosed, I went on long-term disability and there was a waiting period during which I had to accept some financial help from my parents. That was tough for me.”

Road to recovery: “I started chemotherapy treatments immediately and within six months, I was in the clear. It was almost better than I had expected it to be. I was just bald.”

Personal boundaries: “In between treatments, I was well enough to fly home to see my family. A woman sitting next to me asked whether I was in treatment. She wanted to know virtually everything. Her blatant disregard for personal boundaries made me feel uncomfortable.”

On life after cancer: “My big frustration with this experience is that other people want to wrap it up in a nice bow and refer to it as my cancer journey. I don’t want to be defined by cancer because I am so much more than that. I want to be me.”

Erica Harris

“Cancer was a transformative experience for me.”

Type of Cancer: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Diagnosed at age: 35

Early symptoms: “In retrospect, there were definitely signs that something was wrong, but I completely missed putting them all together. I knew that I was really exhausted, but I just assumed that all young moms were equally as tired.  I had extensive night sweats which I originally attributed to hormonal changes.  I also had developed an intense rash on the surfaces of both hands and eyelids that was chalked up to eczema.  It had not returned since my treatment years ago.”

You have cancer: “Hearing those words felt surreal.  I remember sitting aghast in the doctor’s office and turned my gaze out the window.  A vivacious woman walking along the sidewalk below had captured my attention as she greeting others happily.  Her vim and vigor provided a fierce vision of what I held onto so tightly during my fight – walking energetically with all that vim and vigor I too had always had was my goal.”

Road to recovery: “After learning that my leukemia had established itself to be very aggressive, a worldwide search was conducted as my only brother proved not to be a bone marrow match. I am alive today only because of the kindness of a complete stranger halfway around the world.  My donor, a young man from Germany lit my path with a fierce hope that I would get to live.  This hope empowered me through all the complications that were to follow, even serving as a double lung transplant recipient three short years later.  All of the trials and tribulations were too great for my once happy marriage to withstand.”

On life after cancer: “Cancer was a transformative experience for me.  It has instilled blessings in my heart that I would have never otherwise had and it has created a profound gratitude for literally every moment.  I feel as though it has given me my wings to fly.  I get to be mama and I get to be my babies’ loudest cheerleader every step of the way!”

Christina Law

“I’ve had to accept and adapt to my new normal”

Type of Cancer: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Diagnosed at age: 27

You have cancer: “We were married for a couple of years and were excited to start a family. My diagnosis came soon after I began experiencing fatigue and vision problems. Blood work and a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis and within 48 hours, a treatment plan was laid out for me.”

Road to recovery: “I responded well to chemotherapy treatments and within 18 months, I was in remission. I went back to work and moved forward with life. Ten years later, I was back to square one.”

Life, interrupted: “I was feeling the best I’ve ever felt, but annual blood work showed my platelets were dropping. This time, I was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Early on, there are typically no symptoms associated with this condition.”

On motherhood: “Before the relapse, we were still able to have children, but we decided not to because we worried about the future. What if the cancer returned during my pregnancy? We simply could not choose between saving my life or the life of our baby. Over the years, we’ve grown more comfortable with this decision.”

On life after cancer: “In spite of some of the effects I continue to experience after treatment, I have my health and I’m grateful to be here.”

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Marche communautaire Regina

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Wascana Legislative Grounds

DATE/HEURE

samedi le 17 octobre, 2020
17h00

CONTACT

306-261-4723
Amanda.Titman@lls.org

Marche Illumine la nuit 2020

Bienvenue a la marche communautaire Regina – Marche illumine la nuit. Rejoignez-nous le 17 septembre, 2020 alors que nous prenons des mesures pour mettre fin aux cancers du sang.

Le cancer a affecté tant de personnes dans notre communauté, cette nuit nous donne l’occasion de nous rassembler et de montrer notre soutien.Veuillez encourager votre famille, vos amis, vos collègues ou toute autre personne que vous connaissez à collecter des fonds et à marcher avec nous en portant une lanterne illuminée.

Une marche communautaire est une marche organisée par des bénévoles de la communauté. Les personnes qui participent à une marche communautaire peuvent s’attendre à un merveilleux moment de solidarité et d’espoir, mais notez que cette marche n’est pas organisée par la SLLC.

Vous pouvez procurer de l’espoir à la communauté des cancers du sang, inscrivez-vous dès maintenant et commencez à amasser des fonds! 

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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138,000

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Marche communautaire Oakville

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Bronte Heritage Park Gazebo

DATE/HEURE

samedi le 19 octobre, 2019
17h00

Marche Illumine la nuit 2019

Bienvenue a la marche communautaire Oakville – Marche illumine la nuit. Rejoignez-nous le 19 octobre, 2019 alors que nous prenons des mesures pour mettre fin aux cancers du sang.

Le cancer a affecté tant de personnes dans notre communauté, cette nuit nous donne l’occasion de nous rassembler et de montrer notre soutien.Veuillez encourager votre famille, vos amis, vos collègues ou toute autre personne que vous connaissez à collecter des fonds et à marcher avec nous en portant une lanterne illuminée.

Une marche communautaire est une marche organisée par des bénévoles de la communauté. Les personnes qui participent à une marche communautaire peuvent s’attendre à un merveilleux moment de solidarité et d’espoir, mais notez que cette marche n’est pas organisée par la SLLC.

Vous pouvez procurer de l’espoir à la communauté des cancers du sang, inscrivez-vous dès maintenant et commencez à amasser des fonds! 

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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138,000

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Marche communautaire Victoria

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Centennial Square

DATE/HEURE

samedi le 27 avril, 2019
17h00

CONTACT

604-733-2873
Ryan.Oquinn@lls.org

Marche Illumine la nuit 2019

Bienvenue a la marche communautaire Victoria – Marche illumine la nuit. Rejoignez-nous le 27 avril, 2019 alors que nous prenons des mesures pour mettre fin aux cancers du sang.

Le cancer a affecté tant de personnes dans notre communauté, cette nuit nous donne l’occasion de nous rassembler et de montrer notre soutien.Veuillez encourager votre famille, vos amis, vos collègues ou toute autre personne que vous connaissez à collecter des fonds et à marcher avec nous en portant une lanterne illuminée.

Une marche communautaire est une marche organisée par des bénévoles de la communauté. Les personnes qui participent à une marche communautaire peuvent s’attendre à un merveilleux moment de solidarité et d’espoir, mais notez que cette marche n’est pas organisée par la SLLC.

Vous pouvez procurer de l’espoir à la communauté des cancers du sang, inscrivez-vous dès maintenant et commencez à amasser des fonds! 

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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138,000

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Marche communautaire Kelowna

INSCRIPTION FERMEE

Waterfront Park

DATE/HEURE

samedi le 6 avril, 2019
17h00

Marche Illumine la nuit 2019

Bienvenue a la marche communautaire Kelowna – Marche illumine la nuit. Rejoignez-nous le 6 avril, 2019 alors que nous prenons des mesures pour mettre fin aux cancers du sang.

Le cancer a affecté tant de personnes dans notre communauté, cette nuit nous donne l’occasion de nous rassembler et de montrer notre soutien.Veuillez encourager votre famille, vos amis, vos collègues ou toute autre personne que vous connaissez à collecter des fonds et à marcher avec nous en portant une lanterne illuminée.

Une marche communautaire est une marche organisée par des bénévoles de la communauté. Les personnes qui participent à une marche communautaire peuvent s’attendre à un merveilleux moment de solidarité et d’espoir, mais notez que cette marche n’est pas organisée par la SLLC.

Vous pouvez procurer de l’espoir à la communauté des cancers du sang, inscrivez-vous dès maintenant et commencez à amasser des fonds! 

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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138,000

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Marche communautaire Kamloops

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Riverside Park

DATE/HEURE

samedi le 28 mars, 2020
17h00

CONTACT

604-733-2873
Charis.Ho@lls.org

Marche Illumine la nuit 2020

Bienvenue a la marche communautaire Kamloops – Marche illumine la nuit. Rejoignez-nous le 28 mars, 2020 alors que nous prenons des mesures pour mettre fin aux cancers du sang.

Le cancer a affecté tant de personnes dans notre communauté, cette nuit nous donne l’occasion de nous rassembler et de montrer notre soutien.Veuillez encourager votre famille, vos amis, vos collègues ou toute autre personne que vous connaissez à collecter des fonds et à marcher avec nous en portant une lanterne illuminée.

Une marche communautaire est une marche organisée par des bénévoles de la communauté. Les personnes qui participent à une marche communautaire peuvent s’attendre à un merveilleux moment de solidarité et d’espoir, mais notez que cette marche n’est pas organisée par la SLLC.

Vous pouvez procurer de l’espoir à la communauté des cancers du sang, inscrivez-vous dès maintenant et commencez à amasser des fonds! 

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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138,000

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Oakville Community Walk

REGISTRATION CLOSED

WHERE

Bronte Heritage Park Gazebo
2340 Ontario St. Oakville
ON L6L 6P7

DATE/TIME

Saturday October 19, 2019
5:30pm

Light The Night Community Walk Oakville 2019

Welcome to the volunteer led, Oakville Community Light The Night Walk.
Join us on Saturday, October 19th at Bronte Heritage Park Gazebo as we take steps to end blood cancer.
Cancer has affected so many in our community, this night gives us an opportunity to come together and show our support.
Please encourage your family, friends, coworkers, or anyone else you know to fundraise and walk with us carrying an illuminated lantern.

A Community Walk is a Walk hosted by volunteers in the community. 
Individuals attending a Community walk can expect a wonderful time of solidarity and hope, but note this walk is not hosted by the LLSC.

Did you know blood cancers are the 4th most diagnosed cancer in Canada, yet the survival rates are much lower than many other cancers?

Research tells us that 68% of Canadians would feel helpless if they or someone they were close to was diagnosed with a blood cancer.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is dedicated to supporting patients at any stage of their cancer journey; providing information and vital support services. The money raised will also go to the most promising blood cancer research taking place at cancer centres across Canada.

You can bring hope to the blood cancer community, register now and get a jump start on fundraising!

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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138,000

canadians are living
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LOCAL SPONSORS

Okanagan

REGISTER

WHERE

Stuart Park, Kelowna

DATE/TIME

Saturday, September 26, 2020
Registration Opens 5:30 pm

CONTACT

Charis Ho
Charis.Ho@lls.org
604-733-2873

 

Okanagan Volunteer Hosted Walk

Welcome to the  Okanagan Volunteer Hosted Light The Night Walk.  Join us on Saturday, September 26 at Stuart Park as we take steps to end blood cancer. Cancer has affected so many in our community, this night gives us an opportunity to come together and show our support. Please encourage your family, friends, coworkers, or anyone else you know to fundraise and walk with us carrying an illuminated lantern.

A Community Walk is a Walk hosted by volunteers in the community.
Individuals attending a Community walk can expect a wonderful time of solidarity and hope, but note this walk is not hosted by the LLSC.

Did you know blood cancers are the 4th most diagnosed cancer in Canada, yet the survival rates are much lower than many other cancers?

Research tells us that 68% of Canadians would feel helpless if they or someone they were close to was diagnosed with a blood cancer.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is dedicated to supporting patients at any stage of their cancer journey; providing information and vital support services. The money raised will also go to the most promising blood cancer research taking place at cancer centres across Canada.

You can bring hope to the blood cancer community, register now and get a jump start on fundraising!

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Volunteer at Light The Night Vancouver
Raising the white lantern to celebrate patients and survivors in Light The Night Vancouver
Support Light The Night Vancouver

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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138,000

canadians are living
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LOCAL SPONSORS

 

Kamloops

REGISTER

WHERE

Riverside Park

DATE/TIME

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

CONTACT

604-733-2873
Charis.Ho@lls.org

Kamloops Volunteer Hosted Walk – Postponed

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is closely monitoring the developments on the COVID-19 pandemic. As a health organization, one of our highest priorities is the well-being of our employees, volunteers, donors, partners and participants in our events.

With this in mind, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada has decided to postpone the Light The Night walk in Kamloops originally scheduled for Saturday March 28, 2020.

We will continue to follow the advice from local and national government health authorities to determine the best actions for the safety and health of our participants, volunteers and staff. We will continue to keep you posted on any rescheduling of this event.

You can find further information about the COVID-19 virus on our website in both English and French.

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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138,000

canadians are living
with or in remission
from a blood cancer

La vie après un cancer peut être aussi difficile que le diagnostic lui-même.

Les survivants se retrouvent souvent à l’urgence pour des problèmes d’infertilité, de fatigue chronique et d’affaiblissement du système immunitaire.

Sans oublier les autres démons, comme la dépression, l’anxiété et la crainte d’une récidive ou d’un deuxième cancer.

Ce ne sont que quelques exemples.

Tout le monde s’attend à ce que les survivants passent à autre chose et soient reconnaissants. Mais beaucoup se perdent dans la transition qui suit le cancer.

À l’occasion de la Journée mondiale contre le cancer, la Société de leucémie et lymphome du Canada lève le voile sur la vie après un cancer.

Nous lancerons des conversations franches partout au pays.

Nous sommes là pour aider les survivants à parler ouvertement de leur épreuve.

 Car la vie après un cancer est compliquée, et personne ne devrait avoir à y faire face seul.

Vous êtes un patient, un proche aidant ou un professionnel de la santé à la recherche d’information ou de soutien? Accédez à nos services de soutien aux patients GRATUITS.

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Erica Harris

« Le cancer a été une expérience transformatrice pour moi. »

Type de cancer : Leucémie myéloïde aiguë

Âge au moment du diagnostic : 35 ans

Symptômes précoces : « En rétrospective, il y avait des signes évidents que quelque chose n’allait pas, mais j’ai complètement omis de les voir dans leur ensemble. Je savais que j’étais vraiment épuisée, mais je pensais que c’était le cas de toutes les jeunes mères. J’avais beaucoup de sueurs nocturnes, que j’ai d’abord attribuées à des changements hormonaux. J’ai aussi développé d’intenses éruptions cutanées sur les mains et les paupières, mais je pensais que c’était tout simplement de l’eczéma. Ce n’était pas revenu depuis mon traitement il y a plusieurs années. »

Vous avez le cancer : « Ces mots m’ont semblé surréalistes. Je me souviens que j’étais assise dans le bureau du médecin, complètement sonnée, et que je regardais par la fenêtre. Une femme marchait énergiquement sur le trottoir en bas et saluait d’autres personnes d’un air jovial, ce qui m’a marquée. Son entrain et sa vigueur ont projeté pour moi une vision très forte, à laquelle je me suis accrochée durant mon combat. Mon objectif était de retrouver cette énergie que j’avais toujours eue moi aussi. »

Le chemin de la guérison : « Lorsque j’ai appris que ma leucémie était agressive, une recherche mondiale a été lancée, car mon seul frère n’était pas un donneur de moelle osseuse compatible. Si je suis en vie aujourd’hui, c’est grâce à la gentillesse d’un parfait inconnu à l’autre bout du monde. Mon donneur, un jeune Allemand, a éclairé mon chemin en me donnant un espoir de survie tenace. Cet espoir m’a donné la force d’affronter toutes les complications qui allaient suivre, notamment la double greffe de poumons que j’ai subie à peine trois ans plus tard. Malheureusement, toutes ces tribulations ont pesé trop lourd et mon mariage n’a pas résisté. »

Sur la vie après le cancer : « Le cancer a été une expérience transformatrice pour moi. Cela a rempli mon cœur d’un énorme sentiment de gratitude, qui fait que j’apprécie littéralement chaque moment que la vie me donne. Cela m’a donné des ailes. Je peux jouer à fond mon rôle de maman et être la plus fervente supporter qui soit pour mes enfants, à toutes les étapes de leur vie! »

Christina Law

« J’ai dû accepter ma nouvelle normalité et m’y adapter. »

Type de cancer : Leucémie myéloïde aiguë

Âge au moment du diagnostic : 27 ans

Vous avez le cancer : « Nous étions mariés depuis quelques années et avions hâte de fonder une famille. Mon diagnostic est tombé peu de temps après que je commence à éprouver des problèmes de fatigue et de vision. Une prise de sang et une biopsie ont confirmé le diagnostic et, dans les 48 heures qui ont suivi, un plan de traitement a été établi. »

Le chemin de la guérison : « Je réagissais bien aux traitements de chimiothérapie et, en 18 mois, j’étais en rémission. Je suis retournée au travail et j’ai repris ma vie. Dix ans plus tard, j’étais revenue à la case départ. »

La vie suspendue : « Je me sentais mieux que jamais, mais mes analyses sanguines annuelles ont montré que mes plaquettes chutaient. Cette fois, on m’a diagnostiqué un syndrome myélodysplasique (SMD). Au début, il n’y a généralement aucun symptôme associé à cette maladie. »

Sur la maternité : « Avant la rechute, nous pouvions encore avoir des enfants, mais nous avons décidé d’y renoncer, car nous nous inquiétions pour l’avenir. Et si le cancer réapparaissait pendant ma grossesse? Nous ne pouvions tout simplement pas choisir entre sauver ma vie ou celle de notre bébé. Au fil des ans, nous avons appris à accepter cette décision. »

Sur la vie après le cancer : « Malgré certains des effets que je continue de ressentir depuis le traitement, je suis en santé et reconnaissante d’être là. »

Kelsey Westbrook

« Je ne veux pas être définie par le cancer. »

Type de cancer : Lymphome hodgkinien

Âge au moment du diagnostic : 28 ans

Symptômes précoces : « J’ai d’abord remarqué une bosse derrière ma clavicule. À l’époque, je me préparais pour une course, alors je l’ai oubliée pendant environ un mois. Finalement, je l’ai fait examiner et, lors de mon échographie, le radiologiste m’a dit qu’il me recommanderait une tomodensitométrie et une biopsie, “car les jeunes aussi peuvent avoir un lymphome”. Je me suis demandé si c’est vraiment de cette manière qu’un professionnel de la santé devait aborder ce sujet avec moi, mais avant que je puisse prononcer ces mots à voix haute, le radiologiste m’a saluée et a quitté la pièce. »

Le cancer a-t-il une cause? « Personne ne sait pourquoi le cancer survient; il apparaît sans prévenir, et c’est comme ça. C’est le produit du hasard. Avant le cancer, j’étais active et en santé; j’étais donc frustrée de voir des gens de mon âge malmener leur corps et ne pas avoir de cancer. Je n’étais pas en colère, je devais rester positive pour traverser cette expérience. »

La vie suspendue : « Ce qu’il y a de mieux dans la vingtaine, c’est l’indépendance liée à la liberté financière. Lorsque j’ai reçu mon diagnostic, j’ai pris un congé d’invalidité à long terme et j’ai dû accepter un peu d’aide financière de mes parents pendant ma période d’attente. J’ai trouvé ça difficile. »

Le chemin de la guérison : « J’ai immédiatement commencé les traitements de chimiothérapie et en six mois, j’étais hors de danger. Je me sentais presque mieux que ce que j’avais espéré. J’étais simplement chauve. »

Les limites personnelles : « Entre les traitements, j’allais assez bien pour prendre l’avion et voir ma famille. Une femme assise à côté de moi m’a demandé si j’étais en traitement. Elle voulait pratiquement tout savoir. Son manque de considération flagrant pour mes limites personnelles m’a mise mal à l’aise. »

Sur la vie après le cancer : « Ma grande frustration face à cette expérience, c’est que certaines personnes veulent l’envelopper d’un joli ruban et la désigner comme mon “combat contre le cancer”. Je ne veux pas être définie par le cancer, car je suis bien plus que ça. Je veux être moi. »

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Life after cancer can be challenging.

After treatment, it’s common to feel excited and anxious about the future.

At this stage, survivors often reflect on their priorities, relationships and goals.

Many survivors say that cancer changes them.

And with time, they often find a new and more meaningful way of living.

Everyone expects survivors to move on and feel grateful. But many people still need our support.

On World Cancer Day, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is lifting the veil on life after cancer.

We’re starting candid conversations in communities across the country.

We’re here to help survivors talk openly about some of what they’re going through.

Because life after cancer can be complicated, but we can help survivors navigate this part of their journey.

Are you a patient, caregiver, or health care professional seeking more information or support? Access FREE patient support services.

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Erica Harris

“Cancer was a transformative experience for me.”

Type of Cancer: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Diagnosed at age: 35

Early symptoms: “In retrospect, there were definitely signs that something was wrong, but I completely missed putting them all together. I knew that I was really exhausted, but I just assumed that all young moms were equally as tired.  I had extensive night sweats which I originally attributed to hormonal changes.  I also had developed an intense rash on the surfaces of both hands and eyelids that was chalked up to eczema.  It had not returned since my treatment years ago.”

You have cancer: “Hearing those words felt surreal.  I remember sitting aghast in the doctor’s office and turned my gaze out the window.  A vivacious woman walking along the sidewalk below had captured my attention as she greeting others happily.  Her vim and vigor provided a fierce vision of what I held onto so tightly during my fight – walking energetically with all that vim and vigor I too had always had was my goal.”

Road to recovery: “After learning that my leukemia had established itself to be very aggressive, a worldwide search was conducted as my only brother proved not to be a bone marrow match. I am alive today only because of the kindness of a complete stranger halfway around the world.  My donor, a young man from Germany lit my path with a fierce hope that I would get to live.  This hope empowered me through all the complications that were to follow, even serving as a double lung transplant recipient three short years later.  All of the trials and tribulations were too great for my once happy marriage to withstand.”

On life after cancer: “Cancer was a transformative experience for me.  It has instilled blessings in my heart that I would have never otherwise had and it has created a profound gratitude for literally every moment.  I feel as though it has given me my wings to fly.  I get to be mama and I get to be my babies’ loudest cheerleader every step of the way!”

Christina Law

“I’ve had to accept and adapt to my new normal”

Type of Cancer: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Diagnosed at age: 27

You have cancer: “We were married for a couple of years and were excited to start a family. My diagnosis came soon after I began experiencing fatigue and vision problems. Blood work and a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis and within 48 hours, a treatment plan was laid out for me.”

Road to recovery: “I responded well to chemotherapy treatments and within 18 months, I was in remission. I went back to work and moved forward with life. Ten years later, I was back to square one.”

Life, interrupted: “I was feeling the best I’ve ever felt, but annual blood work showed my platelets were dropping. This time, I was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Early on, there are typically no symptoms associated with this condition.”

On motherhood: “Before the relapse, we were still able to have children, but we decided not to because we worried about the future. What if the cancer returned during my pregnancy? We simply could not choose between saving my life or the life of our baby. Over the years, we’ve grown more comfortable with this decision.”

On life after cancer: “In spite of some of the effects I continue to experience after treatment, I have my health and I’m grateful to be here.”

Kelsey Westbrook

“I don’t want to be defined by cancer.”

Type of Cancer: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Diagnosed at age: 28

Early symptoms: “I first noticed a bump behind my collarbone. At the time, I was preparing for a race, so I left it alone for about a month. Eventually, I had it checked out and during my ultrasound appointment, the radiologist said that he is going to recommend a CT scan and a biopsy “because young people get lymphoma too”. I thought to myself – is this how a medical professional should be having this conversation with me, but before I could say those words out loud, the radiologist said his goodbye and left the room.”

Cancer happens for a reason? “No one knows why cancer happens, it just does. It’s the luck of the draw. Before cancer, I was active and healthy, so it was frustrating to watch people my age treat their bodies poorly and not have cancer. I wasn’t angry, I needed to stay positive to get through this experience.”

Life, interrupted: “The best part about being in your 20s is the independence that comes from having financial freedom. When I was diagnosed, I went on long-term disability and there was a waiting period during which I had to accept some financial help from my parents. That was tough for me.”

Road to recovery: “I started chemotherapy treatments immediately and within six months, I was in the clear. It was almost better than I had expected it to be. I was just bald.”

Personal boundaries: “In between treatments, I was well enough to fly home to see my family. A woman sitting next to me asked whether I was in treatment. She wanted to know virtually everything. Her blatant disregard for personal boundaries made me feel uncomfortable.”

On life after cancer: “My big frustration with this experience is that other people want to wrap it up in a nice bow and refer to it as my cancer journey. I don’t want to be defined by cancer because I am so much more than that. I want to be me.”

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Grâce à votre soutien,  nos Marches Illumine la nuit ont permis d’amasser 6,3 MILLIONS de dollars cet automne pour faire avancer la lutte contre les cancers du sang!

Nous vous remercions du fond du cœur de soutenir la communauté des cancers du sang.

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With all your support, our Light The Night Fall Walks raised $6.3 MILLION in the fight to end blood cancers!

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting the blood cancer community.

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La vie après un cancer peut être aussi difficile que le diagnostic lui-même.

Les survivants se retrouvent souvent à l’urgence pour des problèmes d’infertilité, de fatigue chronique et d’affaiblissement du système immunitaire.

Sans oublier les autres démons, comme la dépression, l’anxiété et la crainte d’une récidive ou d’un deuxième cancer.

Ce ne sont que quelques exemples.

Tout le monde s’attend à ce que les survivants passent à autre chose et soient reconnaissants. Mais beaucoup se perdent dans la transition qui suit le cancer.

À l’occasion de la Journée mondiale contre le cancer, la Société de leucémie et lymphome du Canada lève le voile sur la vie après un cancer.

Nous lancerons des conversations franches partout au pays.

Nous sommes là pour aider les survivants à parler ouvertement de leur épreuve.

 Car la vie après un cancer est compliquée, et personne ne devrait avoir à y faire face seul.

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Christina Law

« J’ai dû accepter ma nouvelle normalité et m’y adapter. »

Type de cancer : Leucémie myéloïde aiguë

Âge au moment du diagnostic : 27 ans

Vous avez le cancer : « Nous étions mariés depuis quelques années et avions hâte de fonder une famille. Mon diagnostic est tombé peu de temps après que je commence à éprouver des problèmes de fatigue et de vision. Une prise de sang et une biopsie ont confirmé le diagnostic et, dans les 48 heures qui ont suivi, un plan de traitement a été établi. »

Le chemin de la guérison : « Je réagissais bien aux traitements de chimiothérapie et, en 18 mois, j’étais en rémission. Je suis retournée au travail et j’ai repris ma vie. Dix ans plus tard, j’étais revenue à la case départ. »

La vie suspendue : « Je me sentais mieux que jamais, mais mes analyses sanguines annuelles ont montré que mes plaquettes chutaient. Cette fois, on m’a diagnostiqué un syndrome myélodysplasique (SMD). Au début, il n’y a généralement aucun symptôme associé à cette maladie. »

Sur la maternité : « Avant la rechute, nous pouvions encore avoir des enfants, mais nous avons décidé d’y renoncer, car nous nous inquiétions pour l’avenir. Et si le cancer réapparaissait pendant ma grossesse? Nous ne pouvions tout simplement pas choisir entre sauver ma vie ou celle de notre bébé. Au fil des ans, nous avons appris à accepter cette décision. »

Sur la vie après le cancer : « Malgré certains des effets que je continue de ressentir depuis le traitement, je suis en santé et reconnaissante d’être là. »

Erica Harris

« Le cancer a été une expérience transformatrice pour moi. »

Type de cancer : Leucémie myéloïde aiguë

Âge au moment du diagnostic : À déterminer

Symptômes précoces : « En rétrospective, il y avait des signes évidents que quelque chose n’allait pas, mais j’ai complètement omis de les voir dans leur ensemble. Je savais que j’étais vraiment épuisée, mais je pensais que c’était le cas de toutes les jeunes mères. J’avais beaucoup de sueurs nocturnes, que j’ai d’abord attribuées à des changements hormonaux. J’ai aussi développé d’intenses éruptions cutanées sur les mains et les paupières, mais je pensais que c’était tout simplement de l’eczéma. Ce n’était pas revenu depuis mon traitement il y a plusieurs années. »

Vous avez le cancer : « Ces mots m’ont semblé surréalistes. Je me souviens que j’étais assise dans le bureau du médecin, complètement sonnée, et que je regardais par la fenêtre. Une femme marchait énergiquement sur le trottoir en bas et saluait d’autres personnes d’un air jovial, ce qui m’a marquée. Son entrain et sa vigueur ont projeté pour moi une vision très forte, à laquelle je me suis accrochée durant mon combat. Mon objectif était de retrouver cette énergie que j’avais toujours eue moi aussi. »

Le chemin de la guérison : « Lorsque j’ai appris que ma leucémie était agressive, une recherche mondiale a été lancée, car mon seul frère n’était pas un donneur de moelle osseuse compatible. Si je suis en vie aujourd’hui, c’est grâce à la gentillesse d’un parfait inconnu à l’autre bout du monde. Mon donneur, un jeune Allemand, a éclairé mon chemin en me donnant un espoir de survie tenace. Cet espoir m’a donné la force d’affronter toutes les complications qui allaient suivre, notamment la double greffe de poumons que j’ai subie à peine trois ans plus tard. Malheureusement, toutes ces tribulations ont pesé trop lourd et mon mariage n’a pas résisté. »

Sur la vie après le cancer : « Le cancer a été une expérience transformatrice pour moi. Cela a rempli mon cœur d’un énorme sentiment de gratitude, qui fait que j’apprécie littéralement chaque moment que la vie me donne. Cela m’a donné des ailes. Je peux jouer à fond mon rôle de maman et être la plus fervente supporter qui soit pour mes enfants, à toutes les étapes de leur vie! »

Kelsey Westbrook

« Je ne veux pas être définie par le cancer. »

Type de cancer : Lymphome hodgkinien

Âge au moment du diagnostic : 28 ans

Symptômes précoces : « J’ai d’abord remarqué une bosse derrière ma clavicule. À l’époque, je me préparais pour une course, alors je l’ai oubliée pendant environ un mois. Finalement, je l’ai fait examiner et, lors de mon échographie, le radiologiste m’a dit qu’il me recommanderait une tomodensitométrie et une biopsie, “car les jeunes aussi peuvent avoir un lymphome”. Je me suis demandé si c’est vraiment de cette manière qu’un professionnel de la santé devait aborder ce sujet avec moi, mais avant que je puisse prononcer ces mots à voix haute, le radiologiste m’a saluée et a quitté la pièce. »

Le cancer a-t-il une cause? « Personne ne sait pourquoi le cancer survient; il apparaît sans prévenir, et c’est comme ça. C’est le produit du hasard. Avant le cancer, j’étais active et en santé; j’étais donc frustrée de voir des gens de mon âge malmener leur corps et ne pas avoir de cancer. Je n’étais pas en colère, je devais rester positive pour traverser cette expérience. »

La vie suspendue : « Ce qu’il y a de mieux dans la vingtaine, c’est l’indépendance liée à la liberté financière. Lorsque j’ai reçu mon diagnostic, j’ai pris un congé d’invalidité à long terme et j’ai dû accepter un peu d’aide financière de mes parents pendant ma période d’attente. J’ai trouvé ça difficile. »

Le chemin de la guérison : « J’ai immédiatement commencé les traitements de chimiothérapie et en six mois, j’étais hors de danger. Je me sentais presque mieux que ce que j’avais espéré. J’étais simplement chauve. »

Les limites personnelles : « Entre les traitements, j’allais assez bien pour prendre l’avion et voir ma famille. Une femme assise à côté de moi m’a demandé si j’étais en traitement. Elle voulait pratiquement tout savoir. Son manque de considération flagrant pour mes limites personnelles m’a mise mal à l’aise. »

Sur la vie après le cancer : « Ma grande frustration face à cette expérience, c’est que certaines personnes veulent l’envelopper d’un joli ruban et la désigner comme mon “combat contre le cancer”. Je ne veux pas être définie par le cancer, car je suis bien plus que ça. Je veux être moi. »

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Life after cancer can be challenging.

After treatment, it’s common to feel excited and anxious about the future.

At this stage, survivors often reflect on their priorities, relationships and goals.

Many survivors say that cancer changes them.

And with time, they often find a new and more meaningful way of living.

Everyone expects survivors to move on and feel grateful. But many people still need our support.

On World Cancer Day, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is lifting the veil on life after cancer.

We’re starting candid conversations in communities across the country.

We’re here to help survivors talk openly about some of what they’re going through.

Because life after cancer can be complicated, but we can help survivors navigate this part of their journey.

Are you a patient, caregiver, or health care professional seeking more information or support? Access FREE patient support services.

GET SUPPORT

Looking for a way to make a difference on World Cancer Day? Pre-register for the Light The Night event in your community.

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Christina Law

“I’ve had to accept and adapt to my new normal”

Type of Cancer: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Diagnosed at age: 27

You have cancer: “We were married for a couple of years and were excited to start a family. My diagnosis came soon after I began experiencing fatigue and vision problems. Blood work and a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis and within 48 hours, a treatment plan was laid out for me.”

Road to recovery: “I responded well to chemotherapy treatments and within 18 months, I was in remission. I went back to work and moved forward with life. Ten years later, I was back to square one.”

Life, interrupted: “I was feeling the best I’ve ever felt, but annual blood work showed my platelets were dropping. This time, I was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Early on, there are typically no symptoms associated with this condition.”

On motherhood: “Before the relapse, we were still able to have children, but we decided not to because we worried about the future. What if the cancer returned during my pregnancy? We simply could not choose between saving my life or the life of our baby. Over the years, we’ve grown more comfortable with this decision.”

On life after cancer: “In spite of some of the effects I continue to experience after treatment, I have my health and I’m grateful to be here.”

Erica Harris

“Cancer was a transformative experience for me.”

Type of Cancer: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Diagnosed at age: 35

Early symptoms: “In retrospect, there were definitely signs that something was wrong, but I completely missed putting them all together. I knew that I was really exhausted, but I just assumed that all young moms were equally as tired.  I had extensive night sweats which I originally attributed to hormonal changes.  I also had developed an intense rash on the surfaces of both hands and eyelids that was chalked up to eczema.  It had not returned since my treatment years ago.”

You have cancer: “Hearing those words felt surreal.  I remember sitting aghast in the doctor’s office and turned my gaze out the window.  A vivacious woman walking along the sidewalk below had captured my attention as she greeting others happily.  Her vim and vigor provided a fierce vision of what I held onto so tightly during my fight – walking energetically with all that vim and vigor I too had always had was my goal.”

Road to recovery: “After learning that my leukemia had established itself to be very aggressive, a worldwide search was conducted as my only brother proved not to be a bone marrow match. I am alive today only because of the kindness of a complete stranger halfway around the world.  My donor, a young man from Germany lit my path with a fierce hope that I would get to live.  This hope empowered me through all the complications that were to follow, even serving as a double lung transplant recipient three short years later.  All of the trials and tribulations were too great for my once happy marriage to withstand.”

On life after cancer: “Cancer was a transformative experience for me.  It has instilled blessings in my heart that I would have never otherwise had and it has created a profound gratitude for literally every moment.  I feel as though it has given me my wings to fly.  I get to be mama and I get to be my babies’ loudest cheerleader every step of the way!”

Kelsey Westbrook

“I don’t want to be defined by cancer.”

Type of Cancer: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Diagnosed at age: 28

Early symptoms: “I first noticed a bump behind my collarbone. At the time, I was preparing for a race, so I left it alone for about a month. Eventually, I had it checked out and during my ultrasound appointment, the radiologist said that he is going to recommend a CT scan and a biopsy “because young people get lymphoma too”. I thought to myself – is this how a medical professional should be having this conversation with me, but before I could say those words out loud, the radiologist said his goodbye and left the room.”

Cancer happens for a reason? “No one knows why cancer happens, it just does. It’s the luck of the draw. Before cancer, I was active and healthy, so it was frustrating to watch people my age treat their bodies poorly and not have cancer. I wasn’t angry, I needed to stay positive to get through this experience.”

Life, interrupted: “The best part about being in your 20s is the independence that comes from having financial freedom. When I was diagnosed, I went on long-term disability and there was a waiting period during which I had to accept some financial help from my parents. That was tough for me.”

Road to recovery: “I started chemotherapy treatments immediately and within six months, I was in the clear. It was almost better than I had expected it to be. I was just bald.”

Personal boundaries: “In between treatments, I was well enough to fly home to see my family. A woman sitting next to me asked whether I was in treatment. She wanted to know virtually everything. Her blatant disregard for personal boundaries made me feel uncomfortable.”

On life after cancer: “My big frustration with this experience is that other people want to wrap it up in a nice bow and refer to it as my cancer journey. I don’t want to be defined by cancer because I am so much more than that. I want to be me.”

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Bring Light to the Darkness of blood cancers

Take part in a powerful, emotional and inspiring event in your community.

The Light The Night Walk celebrates and honours cancer survivors, acts as a memorial to those facing a loss and gives hope and healing to those still fighting. These events bond communities together, creating life-long connections that bring light to the darkness of blood cancers.

We are taking steps towards cures. Join us today!

Walk Locations

There are 12 official Light The Night Walks hosted by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada in cities across the country and dozens of community-based Light The Night events led by volunteers and schools. Click on the link below to see a list of all the walks across Canada.

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AVEC NOUS!

La Marche Illumine la nuit est une célébration pour les uns, un moment de souvenirs précieux et de réflexion pour les autres, et une soirée d’espoir et de guérison pour tous.

Chaque année, nous sommes renversés par le soutien des milliers de personnes bienveillantes comme vous, qui marchent afin d’améliorer les résultats pour les patients atteints d’un cancer du sang, une maladie qui touche plus de 138 000 Canadiens.

Nous vous remercions du fond du cœur de soutenir la communauté des cancers du sang.

Grâce à votre soutien, 
nos Marches Illumine la nuit ont permis d’amasser 6,3 MILLIONS de dollars cet automne pour faire avancer la lutte contre les cancers du sang!

Grâce à votre appui, les avancées de la recherche transformatrice bénéficieront de financement. Des avancées comme l’immunothérapie fondée sur les cellules CAR-T, un traitement qui donne de l’espoir à ceux qui en ont le plus besoin.

Merci d’avoir marché avec nous. 

Nous cherchons toujours des moyens d’améliorer votre expérience de la Marche Illumine la nuit. 


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Light The Night is a celebration for some, a time of cherished memories and reflection for others, and a night of hope and healing for all.

Each year, we are overwhelmed by the support of thousands of caring individuals like you, who are walking to  make a difference in the outcomes of a blood cancer diagnosis; something that affects over 138,000 Canadians.

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting the blood cancer community.

With all your support, our Light The Night Fall Walks raised $6.3 MILLION in the fight to end blood cancers!

Thanks to your support, advances in life-changing research will receive funding. Advances like CAR-T immunotherapy; a treatment that is bringing hope to those in despair.

Thank you for walking with us. 

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LEADERS DE LA LUTTE CONTRE LES CANCERS DU SANG

Grâce à votre soutien,  nos Marches Illumine la nuit ont permis d’amasser 6,3 MILLIONS de dollars cet automne pour faire avancer la lutte contre les cancers du sang!

Nous vous remercions du fond du cœur de soutenir la communauté des cancers du sang.

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With all your support, our Light The Night Fall Walks raised $6.3 MILLION in the fight to end blood cancers!

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting the blood cancer community.

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Marche communautaire Moncton

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Moncton-Riverfront Park
86 Assomption Blvd
Moncton, NB

DATE/HEURE

Samedi le 25 mai 2019
17h00

CONTACT

Melanie McMillan
Melanie.McMillan@lls.org

Marche Illumine la nuit 2019

Bienvenue a la marche communautaire Moncton – Marche illumine la nuit. Rejoignez-nous le 25 mai, 2019 alors que nous prenons des mesures pour mettre fin aux cancers du sang.

Le cancer a affecté tant de personnes dans notre communauté, cette nuit nous donne l’occasion de nous rassembler et de montrer notre soutien.Veuillez encourager votre famille, vos amis, vos collègues ou toute autre personne que vous connaissez à collecter des fonds et à marcher avec nous en portant une lanterne illuminée.

Une marche communautaire est une marche organisée par des bénévoles de la communauté. Les personnes qui participent à une marche communautaire peuvent s’attendre à un merveilleux moment de solidarité et d’espoir, mais notez que cette marche n’est pas organisée par la SLLC.

Vous pouvez procurer de l’espoir à la communauté des cancers du sang, inscrivez-vous dès maintenant et commencez à amasser des fonds! 

Light The Night walk in Montreal
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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

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138,000

canadians are living
with or in remission
from a blood cancer

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We Walk With Maddie
St. George’s Junior School

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WHERE

St. George’s Junior School
70 Princess Anne Crescent, Etobicoke, ON M9A 2P7

 

DATE/TIME

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
6:30 PM

CONTACT

Daniella Leko
daniella.leko@tdsb.on.ca

Welcome to the St. George’s Jr School
Light The Night Walk!

Welcome to the volunteer led, St. George’s Junior School Light The Night Walk.  Join us on Wednesday, November 28 as we take steps to end blood cancer.

This Walk is led by the St. George’s Junior School. Cancer has affected so many in our community, this night gives us an opportunity to come together and show our support. Please encourage your family and friends or anyone else in the community you know to fundraise and walk with us carrying an illuminated lantern.

A Community Walk is a Walk hosted by volunteers in the community. Individuals attending a Community walk can expect a wonderful time of solidarity and hope, but note this walk is not hosted by the LLSC.

Did you know blood cancers are the 4th most diagnosed cancer in Canada, yet the survival rates are much lower than many other cancers?

Research tells us that 68% of Canadians would feel helpless if they or someone they were close to was diagnosed with a blood cancer.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is dedicated to supporting patients at any stage of their cancer journey; providing information and vital support services. The money raised will also go to the most promising blood cancer research taking place at cancer centres across Canada.

You can bring hope to the blood cancer community, register now and get a jump start on fundraising!

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Light The Night walk in London

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY
138,000

canadians are living
with or in remission
from a blood cancer

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Moncton Volunteer Hosted Walk

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WHERE

Virtual Event

 

DATE/TIME

Saturday, June 13, 2020
6:00pm

CONTACT

Connor Dalton

Connor.Dalton@lls.org

LIGHT THE NIGHT VIRTUAL WALK IN MONCTON

In light of recent events, we’ve put the safety of the community above everything.

Light The Night symbolizes inspiration, hope and community.

We have made the decision to postpone our in-person The Light The Night Walk this spring and host a VIRTUAL LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK on Saturday, June 13. We are all connected for a cure.

Cancer does not stop, and neither will we.

 

Did you know blood cancers are the 4th most diagnosed cancer in Canada, yet the survival rates are much lower than many other cancers?

Research tells us that 68% of Canadians would feel helpless if they or someone they were close to was diagnosed with a blood cancer.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is dedicated to supporting patients at any stage of their cancer journey; providing information and vital support services. The money raised will also go to the most promising blood cancer research taking place at cancer centres across Canada.

You can bring hope to the blood cancer community, register now and get a jump start on fundraising!

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY
138,000

canadians are living
with or in remission
from a blood cancer

Join the Conversation!

CRAIK COMMUNITY WALK

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WHERE

The Manor, Craik, SK

DATE/TIME

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm

CONTACT

Kevin Gilby
aardvarkphotography@gmail.com

Light The Night 2018 Craik Walk

Welcome to the Craik Community Light The Night Walk.

Join us on October 20th as we take steps to end blood cancer.

Cancer has affected so many in our community, this night gives us an opportunity to come together and show our support.

Please encourage your family, friends, coworkers, or anyone else you know to fundraise and walk with us carrying an illuminated lantern.

A Community Walk is a Walk hosted by volunteers in the community. Individuals attending a Community walk can expect a wonderful time of solidarity and hope, but note this walk is not hosted by the LLSC.

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LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY
138,000

canadians are living
with or in remission
from a blood cancer

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LOCAL SPONSORS

WESTLOCK COMMUNITY WALK

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DATE/TIME

October 19th, 2019 5:00pm

Light The Night 2019 Walk

Welcome to Westlock’s Light the Night Community Walk. Join us on October 19th, 2019 as we take steps to end blood cancer. Cancer has affected so many in our community and this night gives us an opportunity to come together and show our support for patients and their families.

Meet us at the Rotary Spirit Centre to gather and celebrate our survivors and remember those we have lost. Then walk with red lanterns to show your support, white lanterns for patients & survivors and gold lanterns in memory of lost ones.

Registration Opens: 5:00pm
Lantern Ceremony & Walk Starts: 7:00pm

Young child in Light The Night Vancouver
Volunteer at Light The Night Vancouver
Raising the white lantern to celebrate patients and survivors in Light The Night Vancouver
Support Light The Night Vancouver

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY

LOCAL HONOURED HERO

LUKE

My journey began back in 2010, shortly after my eighteenth birthday, as I started to develop a sore throat. However, this sore throat persisted for weeks, which was very unusual, so I decided to go to my family…

READ THIS STORY
138,000

canadians are living
with or in remission
from a blood cancer

Join the Conversation!

LOCAL SPONSORS

LTN LONDON
FUNDRAISING HUB

WHERE

Victoria Park

DATE/TIME

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm

FUNDRAISING TOOLS

LTN Walker Kit

Fundraising Manual

Who To Ask – Memory Jogger

Email Signature

Sample Fundraising Letter

LTN Pledge Form

LTN Template Poster

LTN Logos

Social Media Posts

 

LTN LONDON TEAM FUNDRAISING INCENTIVES

Raise $1,000 – Receive a team banner to carry on Walk night

Raise $3,000 – Have a photo of your loved one featured along the Walk route*

Raise $7,000 – Receive entry to the VIP area on Walk night

Raise $10,000 – Receive your own team tent within the VIP area on Walk night

*Limited space available. Will be given to the first 9 teams (or individual walker) to qualify for the KM of Memories and the first 9 teams (or individual walker) to qualify for the KM of Hope.

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