Aug. 6, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team has raised more than $5000 combined over the past two years through its participation in the Light The Night Walk which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. But, as they do each season on the field, the Boilermakers have raised the bar of expectations in 2012 and are looking to fans, friends and family to donate to help the team reach its goal of raising $4000 for this year's September event.
And, in 2012, Purdue softball alumnae across the nation are joining with the current Boilermakers to raise funds for the Light The Night Walk. In an effort to continue the community service efforts they participated in as Boilermaker student-athletes, the group has announced that once a year it will join forces with Purdue softball in a national fundraiser with this year's effort being the first of many.
To learn more about the Light The Night Walk or to make a donation, visit the softball team's pledge page here.
Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's evening walk and fundraising event. It is the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lost.
At the Sept. 20 event, the softball team will walk in memory of Mike Courtney, who lost his battle to lymphoma in May of 2010. In 2011, the team raised more than $3000 for the cause. In addition to donating, the Boilermakers invite fans to join them at the walk, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Riehle Plaza in Lafayette.
The softball team's Light The Night captain Ashley Courtney said the team is proud to participate in the event for the third year and continue to give back.
"It is so great to be part of what has developed into a tradition with Purdue Softball," Courtney said. "We are out again this year to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as continue to be involved in the community. Many of us have been affected by cancer and, as a team, we are proud to do our part in fighting the battle."
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) funds lifesaving research that has contributed to major advances in the treatment of blood cancers and treatments for other types of cancer, such as chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. New targeted therapies that kill cancer cells without harming normal tissue are providing drugs and procedures that are improving quality of life.
In fact, in 2009 alone, LLS researchers were conducting more than 90 clinical trials, a critical step in the development of new treatments and cures that will help patients live better, longer lives.
A donation of $25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.
A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.
A donation of $1,000 makes possible one-on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.