DCI to Light the Night (10.24.20)

Light the Night

Like so many of the cancer awareness raising events this fall, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2020 Triangle Light the Night walk will be a virtual experience, but Duke Cancer Institute is no less committed to the cause.

"Duke Cancer Institute is proud to partner with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as the Champions for a Cure sponsor this year," said Tina Picirilli, administrative director of Duke Cancer Center in Durham and coordinator of DCI health charity partnerships. "Join us to 'light the night' on October 24 and celebrate the fight against cancer."

blood cancer facts & figures

According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and American Cancer Society, approximately every three minutes one person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Per LLS, an estimated combined total of 178,520 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2020. New cases of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma are expected to account for 9.9 percent of the estimated 1,806,590 new cancer cases diagnosed in the U.S. in 2020.

For the fifth year, Duke Cancer Institute is fielding a DCI Team. The team goal this year is to raise $8,000.

"I’d ask you to consider that blood cancer does not stop; what we do does not stop," said Team DCI captain Gabriel Alcantara, MBA, Division Administrator, Hematologic Malignancies & Cellular Therapy. "I hope you will join me in any way you can."

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society funds blood cancer research around the world, including at Duke, provides free information and support services, and helps blood cancer patients get access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

The most recent research grants that LLS has awarded to DCI researchers include a $600,000 grant to   Sandeep Dave, MD, MS (ended in 2018) and a $600,000 grant to Stefanie Sarantopoulos, PhD, MD (ended in 2018). Duke Cancer Institute faculty, including Danielle Brander, MD, and Thomas LeBlanc, MD, regularly participate in LLS-hosted patient education webinars. 

Event Night

Participants are invited to join LLS at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24 for the following *virtual program (prior to the event, a link will be sent via email to everyone who's signed up):

7:00 PM – 7:15 PM   Welcome & Festival Experiences

7:15 PM – 7:30 PM   Light The Night’s Ceremony

7:30 PM – 7:40 PM   Walk & Raise Your Lantern

7:40 PM – 8:00 PM   Social Celebration & Light The Night’s Firework Celebration

*Information on making the most out of event night can be found in the Event Night Experience Guide.

[For any issues with finding the link or technical support related to connecting up with the event, email or call 877-LTN-WALK]