The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will host a bone marrow registration drive at its annual “Light The Night Walk,” which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday in South Park, 12th and Massachusetts streets.
The bone marrow registry drive will be free to participants and will add more donors to the national registry for cancer patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 55 and in good general health. The donation process is quick and simple. Potential donors fill out a registration form and then swab their cheek. The results are then used to match the potential donor with a patient in need of a transplant.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a carnival that includes moon bounces, games, food and live entertainment. At 7:45 p.m., a one-mile walk will begin. Participates will carry illuminated balloons; white balloons will be carried by survivors, and red balloons will be held by supporters. Gold balloons will be carried in memory of loved ones who died from cancer.
Last year, more than $51 million was raised through “Light The Night Walks” in approximately 185 communities in North America.
To form a team or to learn more, call the Mid America Chapter at 913-262-1515 or visit www.lightthenight.org.