Event raises money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
ATLANTA -- (March 6, 2009) –The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society announced today that R. Timothy Stack, president and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare, will serve as this year’s Corporate Chairman for The Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light The Night® Walk to be held in Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Centennial Olympic Park.
As Chairman for the Light The Night Walk, Mr. Stack will encourage Piedmont Healthcare employees, as well as all Atlanta companies, to form corporate teams and participate in the Light The Night Walk. Additionally, Mr. Stack will host an executive breakfast this summer to ask other leaders in the Atlanta community to join him in his fight against blood cancers.
“Light The Night is a great way to build a spirit of caring and cooperation among employees as they help others,” said Stack. “As president and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare, it is a perfect fit for me to be a part of this wonderful organization that, like ours, works extremely hard to save lives each and every day.”
While advances in treatments have vastly improved survival rates for some forms of blood cancer, more than 53,000 patients died of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma last year. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under age 20.
“Mr. Stack has consistently been recognized as a leader and significant contributor to the health administration field,” said Dick Brown, Executive Director of the Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “We are so proud to have him on our team to help bring that leadership to our event. We are extremely grateful for the support of our corporate partners and we are thrilled that Tim Stack is serving as our Corporate Walk Chairman. His participation and leadership is vital to our efforts to make a difference.”
In Georgia, Light The Night’s fundraising efforts have grown from $460,000 in 2003 to more than $1.6 million in 2008. During the event, walkers carry an illuminated balloon along the two to three mile walk routes. Cancer patients and survivors will carry white balloons as “lights of hope,” supporters carry red balloons and those walking in remembrance of someone carry gold balloons. This year, The Society will host five Light The Night Walks throughout Georgia. For more information, visit www.lightthenight.org/ga or call 404-720-7900.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 68 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $600 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, LLS made 6.3 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.
For more information about blood cancer, visit www.LLS.org or call the LLS Information Resource Center (IRC), a call center staffed by master's level social workers, nurses and health educators who provide information, support and resources to patients and their families and caregivers. IRC information specialists are available at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.