Posted by Nataliya Semez on September 30, 2010
On September 25th the Maximize Life Campaign was successfully launched in Seattle! At the “Light the Night” walk that takes place every year around Green Lake Park in Seattle, thousands of people came together to celebrate cancer survivors and honor loved ones who are no longer with us. The Max Foundation has long participated in the event organized by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, who shares our mission of improving the lives of people affected by blood cancer.
The weather could not have been better on Saturday – sunny skies and warm temperatures enticed many supporters to join the walk around the lake. The Max Foundation team welcomed caregivers and cancer survivors alike to our awareness booth, inviting all participants to sign the World Cancer Declaration and write a tribute for people living with cancer everywhere. We could not have received a warmer reception! People of all ages, with smiles and encouraging words came to our booth to learn more about the declaration and how they could make their voices heard. Wristbands and stickers were flying off the table, but the tributes and signatures for the World Cancer Declaration kept coming in.
As evening approached, all participants started the walk. The three mile trail around the lake was glistening with lights and balloons: white balloons representing survivors and red balloons for those being remembered for their fight against cancer. As we do each year when part of the event, right on the spot we renewed our promise to keep working hard to make sure that every year there are fewer and fewer red balloons in the air and many more white ones held high.