Pictured: Mai-Linh Hoang, Kevin Cafferky, Sarah Aicher, Steve Grandizio and Marshall Grandizio.

Submitted by Mai-Linh Hoang, SilverFlame Communications Inc.

In its ninth year, Light The Night is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual fundraising walk that celebrates and commemorates lives touched by cancer. Participants carry balloons that light up the night sky. This past Saturday evening, the Young Professionals Network team walked along the riverside with other supporters and survivors. The Young Professionals Network team fundraised over $2400 toward finding a cure.

“The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter has seven Walks and a goal of $1.5 million. The Philadelphia Walk alone met and will exceed its goal of $500,000. Money raised goes to life-saving research and patient services,” stated Dana Chipko, campaign manager for the Philadelphia walk and member of the Young Professionals Network.

“Nearly every person probably knows someone with cancer or someone who has had cancer. The numbers are astounding. We do live in a caring world and seeing so many people come out for fundraising events like this one is really encouraging and brings us closer to finding a cure to catastrophic diseases,” says Kevin Cafferky, vice-chair of the Young Professionals Network.

It was definitely a great night to be out, complete with face painting, music and furry friends. And more importantly, it was a great fundraising event to support and honor those who have bravely dealt with cancer.

For more information on the Young Professionals Network, visit ypnphilly.com.