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Light the Night in Chattanooga !  

On Thursday, September 21st, Coolidge Park in Chattanooga , TN , was abundant with energy, as scores of people filed in to participate in Chattanooga ’s very first Light the Night walk.  

Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's nationwide evening Walk to build awareness of blood cancers and raise funds for cures. Teams lined up carrying red and white illuminated balloons to celebrate and commemorate lives that have been touched by cancer.  

Brielle Leary from “Team GPS” provided the following information:  

“Light the Night went great! Considering it was the first year in Chattanooga , there was a huge turnout. Our team goal was $10,000 and I'm guessing we raised around $10,000-$12,000 just for Team GPS. Unfortunately, there was GPS soccer game at the same time of the walk, so the varsity soccer girls were not able to attend. However they collected money at halftime in support of Palmer and picked up balloons and posters and hung them around the field and collected almost $3,000.
A middle school soccer team also participated and they raised around $5,000. Palmer's sister is on that team and right after their game, they went to the walk.”  

The following information came from the Girls Preparatory School Website:

The GPS varsity soccer team took their steps on the soccer field Thursday night, Sept. 21, against Notre Dame, but their hearts were at the “Light the Night” walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at Coolidge Park . “Light the Night” was an evening walk to celebrate and commemorate the lives of people touched by cancer. Walkers hold illuminated balloons — white for survivors, red for supporters — and ”light the night with hope.”
The GPS soccer team and coaches raised $2,500 for the benefit in honor of their teammate Palmer Griffin, who is undergoing treatment at St. Jude’s for leukemia. The GPS Middle School ’s black soccer team, on which Palmer’s seventh-grade sister Mary Woodruff plays, has also been busy fundraising for the benefit. Junior Brielle Leary, a good friend of Palmer’s, spearheaded a GPS team for the walk, encouraging participation by her junior classmates. She received pledges for over $9,000 toward the society’s fundraising goal.
On the field, the soccer team played the Irish to a scoreless tie, but for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, there were fundraising triumphs. Red balloons lined the fence around the field, the Lady Irish team brought wrist bands for both teams to wear in honor of Palmer, and the teams met after the game to pray for her recovery.

To find out more about the Light the Night walk, please visit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Website at the following url:

There are still 3 more Light the Night walks scheduled for Tennessee . See the schedule below:  


Thursday, Sept. 21

Coolidge Park

5:30pm Registration;
7:00pm Walk begins


Thursday, Oct. 5

Memphis Botanic Garden
at Audubon Park

5:30pm Registration;
6:30pm  Walk begins


Thursday, Oct. 12

Volunteer Landing

5:30pm Registration;
7:00pm Walk begins


Thursday, Oct. 19

Granny White Park
in Brentwood

5:30pm Registration;
7:00pm Walk begins

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