The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Western & Central New York Chapter's Light the Night Walk is taking place Tuesday, October 1 at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, starting at 5:00 p.m.

Linda Salomon, whose 14 year old son is a juvenile Leukemia survivor, says the event is important for raising funds for research, treatment and support programs for patients and families dealing with blood cancers.  Salomon says many of the current technologies being used in research and treatment could not have been possible without the financial support of events like the annual walk in Binghamton.

The walks, held around the U.S., also commemorate the people whose lives have been touched by cancer.  Participants carry illuminated balloons, white for cancer survivors, red for supporters of patients and their families and gold to remember those who have lost their fight.

On a personal note, Salomons says the support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other families going through a similar situation after her son was diagnosed at the age of four was invaluable in helping her family get through the ordeal.

Information on Light the Night with a link to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society information and programs can be found by calling (800) 784-2368 or online at www.lightthenight.org/wcny.

(Linda Salomons appears on the Southern Tier Close Up September 27 at 12:10 p.m. on News Radio 1290 WNBF.)