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Light the Night Walk set for Saturday

| Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter will hold its 14th annual Light the Night Walk on Saturday at Uniontown High School.

Sign-in starts at 5:30 p.m. and the walk begins at 7:30 p.m. around the newly renovated track and grounds.

There will be food for fundraising participants, music, raffles and children's games, including a bounce house.

A remembrance ceremony with memento balloon release will be held at 6:15 p.m.

Those who wish to do so can attach a message to their balloon before releasing it.

The program begins at 7 p.m.

Highlighted speakers include honorary walk chairman, state Sen. Richard Kasunic; and walk Chairman Bill Day, plant manager at Duke Energy's Fayette Facility.

The walk generally draws participants from Greene, Fayette, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties and the Morgantown, W.Va. area.

Light the Night is sponsored by Duke Energy and Chevron.

Teams and independent walkers will be part of a sea of hope by carrying lighted balloons around the darkened stadium.

“The moment that the lights go out, and the music plays, and participants start marching is a very moving experience that impresses upon you the importance of this walk in our community. It is an experience that is very personal and it must be experienced first-hand. Participants are filled with hope and pride that we are all fundraising for a cure,” said Christopher Omiros, South West Pennsylvania campaign coordinator.

Teams and walkers are encouraged to preregister online at www.lightthenight.org or by contacting Omiros at christopher.omiros@lls.org or 412-697-2850.

Participants raising a minimum of $100 are designated as a Champion for Cures, earning a participant a Light the Night shirt and a lighted balloon to carry.

Supporting participants will carry red balloons; cancer survivors will carry white balloons; and those teams walking in memory of a loved one will carry a single gold balloon.

Participants fundraising a minimum of $25 will receive a lighted balloon to carry.

“We had 28 teams and raised nearly $78,000 last year in our effort to help reach more local patients. Our goal for this year is $80,000,” said Omiros.

Participants are always welcomed and pre-registration is encouraged, as are donations. More than 350 people attended or participated in the 2012 event.

The Uniontown walk is usually completed by 8 p.m.

Uniontown High School is located at 146 E. Fayette St.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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