Gary Rome Hyundai in Holyoke is sponsoring the “Light up the Night Walk” at 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at Look Park in Northampton with the goal of raising $10,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“Its to work toward the cure,” said Gary D. Rome, chairman of the “Light the Night Walk.” “Of course, you can never have enough money going to this important, life saving research.”
The event is one in a series of “Light the Night Walk” events the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is hosting across the country this fall.
Clifford S. Dexheimer, the general sales manager at the dealership, said the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society also uses money to help people living with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers.
Nationally, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, otherwise known as LLS, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Since the first funding in 1954, the society has awarded more than $680 million in research funding.
Dexheimer said he’ll bring the Hyundai “Hope on Wheels” Santa Fe to the event. The SUV displays handprints made by young survivors of various blood cancers. Sunday 12 to 15 local survivors will get a chance to add their handprints to the car.
The event will also include a 5-kilometer walk throughout the park with each person carrying lighted balloons. Gary Rome said he expects several hundred people will be there. People can donate online through the dealerships sponsor page, http://pages.lightthenight.org/ma/Northamp11/GaryRomeHyundai
“If you don’t want to donate and just want to attend and lend your moral support to the cause, that’s great, too,” Rome said.