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An annual event that means so much: LLS's Light The Night walk

Blood cancer survivor Danielle Danzey will proudly carry a white lantern at the Oct. 4 walk to celebrate being in remission.
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CLEVELAND — For Cleveland resident Danielle Danzey, hearing the words “you have cancer” were terrifying. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, in April 2019.

She went through 12 rounds of chemotherapy over the course of 6 months, but even cancer couldn’t keep this spunky lady down; while in treatment she continued working and even ran a 5k.

On October 10, 2019 she received her last chemotherapy treatment and in January of this year, was told she was in remission.

WKYC is the media partner for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which exists to help blood cancer patients like Danielle. Their mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

One of the ways in which LLS raises money for this mission is through its Light The Night Walk, held each October at Wade Oval in University Circle.

Just before Danielle’s last chemotherapy treatment, she attended her first Light The Night Walk. Light The Night is an inspirational evening walk where friends, families and co-workers form teams and raise money in support of LLS’s mission.

Danielle and her team, Team Diggle, are already registered for this year’s Walk, happening on October 4.

Participants carry illuminated lanterns in colors of red (in support), white (for patients and survivors) or gold (in memory of a loved one lost to cancer). Danielle proudly carried her white lantern at Light The Night and saw hope for her future in the hundreds of other white lanterns she saw on Walk night.

If you would like to join WKYC in supporting this worthwhile community event, click here, for more information or to donate.

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