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article imageLight The Night cancer walk takes place in North America tomorrow

By KJ Mullins     Oct 4, 2011 in World
Toronto - Dexter star Michael C. Hall was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma last year. Tomorrow night he will be taking part in Canada's Light The Night, a walk to raise funds for cancer research being held across North American, as an ambassador.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS's) Light The Night Walk pays tribute to those who are battling cancer. Each person on the walk is given a different coloured balloon, white for survivors, red for supporters and gold for the memory for someone who lost their life to cancer.
"The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society pours a tremendous amount of money directly into cutting-edge cancer research - research that I've certainly benefited from," says Hall on the Light The Night Walk web site. "It's an organization that you can be confident is at the forefront of moving things forward."
Toronto 2010 Light The Night Walk
Toronto 2010 Light The Night Walk
Light The Night
The walk helps to raise funds for research, patient education and support programs for those dealing with blood cancers.
In Canada there are an estimated 90,000 people who are currently battling or in remission from a blood cancer. This year almost 16,000 people will be diagnosed with a blood cancer and almost 7,000 people will die from the disease.
Toronto 2010 Light The Night Walk
Toronto 2010 Light The Night Walk
Light The Night
Forty-three percent of childhood cancers in Canada form in the blood.
Blood cancers are comprised of Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma. These diseases strike regardless of age, race or gender. While progress has been made in the treatment of blood cancers leukemia has a poor prognosis, with a 5-year survival rate of just 55 percent. It is the most common pediatric cancer and causes 28 percent of childhood cancer deaths. There is some good news, Acute lymphocytic leukemia, the most common pediatric leukemia, has made great strides in treatment. Five decades ago only a few children were able to beat the disease, today about 90 percent of Canadian children diagnosed with ALL will be alive five years after their initial diagnosis.
Toronto 2010 Light The Night Walk
Toronto 2010 Light The Night Walk
Light The Night
In Toronto the walk will begin Oct. 5 at David Pecaut Square, 55 John Street at 7:00 p.m. Sign in and balloon pick ups begin at 5:30 p.m. with a Remembrance Ceremony in the Mission Tent at 6:00 p.m.
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