Matching Gifts…? What’s that?!

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How is your fundraising going? Do you have a bunch of fun fundraiser events and campaigns scheduled? Doing the same successful ideas that you’ve done over and over the last few years?

Have you heard of Matching Gifts… No?
Well how do you feel about “free money?” That’s basically what a matching gift is.
You can  continue to have amazing events and fundraisers and raise the funds the same way you always have, but how about we double those numbers!

See companies below that we know match your donation. All you have to do is let them know you’ve donated and if you, a team walker, a spouse, a relative work there…have them submit a request to match donations. How does that sound?

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If you see a company you are connected with contact them! It’s that simple.

Call the Light The Night Staff at (508) 810-1342 if you have any more questions about Matching Gifts!

Happy Fundraising!

Volunteer for Light The Night

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It’s that time of the year! We are looking for volunteers for ALL Walk Sites for Light The Night. As a reminder the dates are:

Wakefield – Saturday, October 1, 2016
NashuaSaturday, October 15, 2016
Worcester
– Saturday, October 15, 2016
Boston – Thursday, October 20, 2016
Providence – Saturday, October 23, 2016

For several years we have had repeat volunteers come help at registration, the snack tent, set-up and breakdown, etc to bring a smile, great energy and an overwhelming sense of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission. We are all sharing The Light The Night experience to fight the fight against cancers. Amy is a returning volunteer in Nashua. She comes with the Independent Karate School every year to help out.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has been a spark of life for me: a representation of a new beginning. I have been involved with the organization not only through volunteering at Light the Night, where I watched valorous walkers show their strength against looming contingencies, but also by running three marathons with Team in Training, fueled by the stories and strength of others. This involvement was certainly empowered by the confidence I have gained through 15+ years of IKS martial arts practice.

Amy, 27

Please visit us at http://www.lightthenight.org/ways/volunteer/ and go to the closest walk to you to sign up! You can also call (508) 810-1342 to speak directly to a campaign specialist and get access to the Volunteer Application right away!

We can’t wait to see you this Fall! And thank you in advance for giving your time to the mission and our amazing Light The Night Walks!

Light The Night with us!

Register!

Make sure you get your registration in for 2016 Light The Night! You still have time to register your team and start your fundraising efforts. You can register online or give us a call and we can take care of registration for you!

Online registration:
Boston, Nashua, Wakefield or Worcester sites
Providence, Rhode Island site

Give us a call at (508) 810-1342

Walk Dates:

Boston: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Nashua
: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Providence: Saturday, October 23, 2016
Wakefield: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Worcester: Saturday, October 15, 2016

be part of it

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Happy National Volunteer Week!

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society would like to extend our most sincere thank you’s to all our kind-hearted and generous volunteers that we see time and time again, helping at our campaign events, completing tasks in the office and just bring a smile and joy to all those with LLS. We wouldn’t be successful without your help! Can’t wait to see everyone again throughout the year and to welcome new faces at each campaign!

To Register for this year’s Light the Night walks visit:
Boston, Nashua, Wakefield and Worcester
http://www.lightthenight.org/ma
Providence
http://www.lightthenight.org/ri


And to become a volunteer give us a call at:
(508) 810-1342

Seeing Cancer Differently

Mimi Johnson is an art teacher at Londonderry High School and the past year and a half of her life has been anything but ordinary. In July of 2012, her older sister, Martha, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Martha was the first person in Mimi’s family to be diagnosed with any form of cancer, and it was a difficult time. Martha couldn’t be around family, friends, or strangers without wearing a mask and couldn’t even hold her young grandchildren.

It was determined the next course of action for Martha was to be a stem cell transplant. Doctors would first look to family as a match and then to a donor database. Mimi has had premonitions in the past and she was so sure that she was going to be the match for her sister. Friends and family warned Mimi not to get her hopes up, as the chance that a sibling would be a perfect match is 1 out of 4 but she remained certain. Of all Martha’s sisters tested to be a match, Mimi was the only match! On November 29, 2012, the stem cell transplant took place. The transplant saved Martha’s life and she has been cancer free for over a year. To celebrate her recovery and to help raise money for cancer research and other patients, the family participated in the Wakefield Light The Night Walk this past September as “Team Martha”. They raised $4,675 this year and already looking ahead with fundraising plans for this upcoming 2014 Walk!

Mimi, her fellow art teachers, and students at Londonderry High School wanted to do more to help. They decided to use their talents to create inspiring art pieces for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Massachusetts Chapter local office in Natick. They wanted to show cancer in an abstract way and bring some hope and motivation to LLS staff, volunteers, patients, and participants who frequent the office. Mimi and her sister Martha came to the office to hand deliver the twelve beautiful canvas pieces at the beginning of the month and now all the artwork is displayed around the office. The artwork is a daily reminder to all who see it that we can change the way cancer is seen.

-Written by Emily Hern: Light The Night staff, team captain, volunteer, and Team In Training (TNT) partcipant.

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 The artwork above is now proudly displayed throughout the Massachusetts Chapter office. We would like to thank Mimi Johnson as well as, the teachers and students of Londonderry High School who provided these incredible pieces of art.

The 2013 Light The Night Walk Season- Part 1

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For a photo recap of all of our Walks, be sure to click the image above or stop by the Massachusetts Chapter Light The Night Walk Facebook Page!

In the midst of planning for the 2014 Light The Night Walk season, the Massachusetts Chapter’s Light The Night Staff wanted to take a moment to provide a recap of the 2013 Walk season. Without the tireless support of our many Walk participants and volunteers, none of this would have been possible! Thank you to everyone who took part in all 5 of our Walks this year!
The Massachusetts Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) had an amazing 2013 Light The Night Walk season. In total almost 6,650 participants walked to the end of cancer in York, Wakefield, Nashua, Boston, and Worcester. Our walkers raised $1.6 million, to benefit the LLS mission of providing patients with support services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments and the most promising and innovative cancer research available.

Nashua, NH

In Nashua, NH more than 600 walkers gathered at Greeley Park for the Nashua Light The Night Walk. Nashua walkers were part of 65 teams out of which 12 were corporate teams and 53 friends and family teams. Nashua walkers and teams raised $183,350 for the LLS. The top 5 friends and family teams for Nashua’s 2013 Light The Night Walk included teams: North End Family & Friends ($8,105.44), Team Carroll ($7,025.00), Chafing the Dream ($5,000.00), Team Fluffy ($4,366.10) and Annimals ($3,422.50). The top 5 corporate teams included: Elbit Systems of America ($63,255.74), Cox Clinic Angels ($1,914.00), Tastefully Simple ($1,502.00), Kohl’s #533 Rainbow Racers for LLS ($1,000.00), and Dear Jack Foundation ($860.00).

York, ME

In York, ME 450 attendees walked to the end of cancer at York Beach Ball Field. Walkers belonged to 15 corporate teams and 49 friends and family teams. Together these 64 teams were able to raise $87,154.00. The top 5 friends and family fundraising teams for York were: Kimphoma ($7,465.00), Nadeaus’s Shining Stars ($5,117.00), Team Shirley ($4,095.00), Team Lala ($3,885) and Team HOP3FUL ($3,149.00). The 5 top fundraising corporate teams included: York High School Interact ($4,768.00), Phi Gamma Delta ($1,826), TJ Maxx Store 0059 ($1,233.56), Mission Team – York ($1,075.00), and Team Marshwood ($925.00).

Wakefield, MA

Wakefield, MA was one of the larger walks of our 2013 season with an estimated 1,000 walkers on 102 total teams raising $187,073.00. Participants gathered with their corporate or friends and family teams as they walked around Lake Quannapowitt to shed light on the dark world of cancer. From the 13 corporate teams, the top 5 teams for Wakefield included: SMART Modular ($15,134.83), Ferriter Scobbo & Rodophele PC ($8,281.00), ADP ($5,229.52) and North Andover High School Band ($3,985.00). The top 5 friends and family teams were: Team Frank! ($6,650.00), Grammy Barbara’s Team ($5,495.29), Team Mary Thompson ($4,970.00), CAWS ($4,697.75), and Team Martha ($4,675.22).
These walks would not have been possible without our volunteers, sponsors and walkers. The official dates for the 2014 Light The Night Walk season are now available. We hope to see you on September 27th in either York, ME or Wakefield, MA, October 2nd in Nashua, NH, October 9th in Boston, MA or October 18th in Worcester, MA. Thank you for taking the time to make a difference not someday, but today.
-Submitted by Ana Hurtado, Boston Light The Night Walk walker and Hodgkin’s survivor