Leukemia and Lymphoma Society raises $700K for research, support

Jim Brewer, and Sichmeller Family- Karley, on far right in front, was the Honored Hero. (submitted photo)

Jim Brewer, and Sichmeller Family- Karley, on far right in front, was the Honored Hero. (submitted photo)

More than 7,500 walkers lit the night sky for cancer cures, raising more than $700,000 at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 17th Annual Greater Phoenix Light the Night Walk on Nov. 7, at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

The money raised will fund investments in life-saving cancer research, financial assistance to help cover patient expenses, free educational materials, and advocacy efforts for better access to treatments, stated a press release.

“We are grateful to the individuals and companies who participated and supported this year’s walk,” stated LLS Arizona Chapter Executive Director Jim Brewer in the release. “Getting together with 7,500 of your closest friends in a true spirit of community – and raising a lot of money — goes a long way toward bringing attention to the critical need to fund life-saving research and support services for Arizona patients and their families.”

Participants enjoyed several family-friendly activities throughout the evening along with a patient-friendly one-mile walk and spectacular fireworks display. A special Celebration of Life ceremony was also held to remember lives lost to cancer.

Karley Sichmeller and Desert Mountain Spirit Line (submitted photo)

Karley Sichmeller and Desert Mountain Spirit Line (submitted photo)

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