Hundreds of people gathered at Wheeling Jesuit University Thursday night to help the battle against blood cancers. Under a beautiful sunset, participants walked the track to Light the Night, in honor of their loved ones who fought and are still fighting.
Survivor Leona McCauley said she came to the Light the Night walk to help raise money for families who are going through the battle against leukemia and lymphoma.
Margaret Baker, in her 90s, held a balloon out the window of her car and watched participants circle the track. "I'm here tonight to celebrate the memory of my great granddaughter who died of cancer at age 19," she said.
Together they rallied, young and old, families and friends. Their goal was $64,000, something Frank White with Tri-State Petroleum said he's happy to help out with.
"We're a Wheeling organization and we're family owned and we've been in the community for a number of years - it's our 40th year. We feel it's really important to give back to the community and no better way than to support our customers and their families who have suffered through blood cancer diseases," White said.
Walkers held lanterns that illuminated at dusk. Survivors had white lanterns, while those walking in memory of someone carried gold, supporters held red.
"For people that don't understand about having cancer, it's a great thing to go out and support," said Bradley Crawford, another survivor. He said seeing all of the support Thursday night made him feel wonderful.
For the survivors walking the track, and their loved ones, the support means the world. "I'm very proud that so many people are here to support this organization," Baker said.