Night walk shines light on cancer


Megan Tao

Participants of the night walk

Megan Tao, Scot Scoop Editor-in-Chief

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society lit up the streets of downtown Palo Alto on Nov. 1.

This past weekend, the Youth Against Cancer Club volunteered at the Light The Night Walk event.  Participants of this event showed their support for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by walking around downtown Palo Alto with lanterns to “light the night.”

“We cheered on the participants and handed out water, throughout their 2 mile walk,” said club president and senior, Mackenna Galicia.
The Light The Night Walk is a fundraising event that supports research in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Although the biggest part of the event was the night walk, people got the chance to listen to the stories of leukemia and lymphoma survivors.
At a special tent labeled Reflections of L.I.F.E- life, inspiration, friendship, and encouragement- people were able to commemorate loved ones they’ve lost by hanging up a picture of them.
Junior Carmen Yun, a member of Youth Against Cancer Club said, “People bought T-shirts and food to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and got to meet survivors of leukemia and lymphoma.”
For Carlmont’s Youth Against Cancer Club, personally, the event helped spread awareness about the leukemia and lymphoma throughout the club members, and was an uplifting experience for them.
“It was really inspiring to see all the people walking around at night with lanterns to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,” said Yun.
Freshmen Samantha Owyang, a member of the club said, “I liked seeing everyone there supporting a good cause.”
For this past Halloween, the Youth Against Cancer Club helped carve pumpkins at the Ronald McDonald House. They plan to attend more events there along with volunteering for events at Relay For Life, and the Make a Wish Foundation this school year.
“We held up supportive signs that the walkers saw throughout their walk to remind them what a good cause they’re supporting,” said Galicia.