Pikeville shines light on blood cancers awareness

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

PIKE Co., Ky. (WYMT) - The rain did not hinder friends, family and students from participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual "Light the Night Awareness Walk."

Event coordinators said more than 600 volunteers participated in the walk on Thursday night at the Pikeville City Park.

Walkers took over Main Street, carrying illuminated balloons.

The balloons were in honor of survivors and in memory of those who lost their life to blood cancers.

Mike Thompson participated in the event for the first time.

"It's been an amazing night to see so many community people care about this particular cause," said Thompson.

His group included 18 walkers.

"We're here just because we never know when this is going to affect one of us," Thompson said. "That's the good thing about Pikeville. We all stick with each other."

The University of Pikeville's dance team showed their support as well.

"One of our members her grandfather was affected and he passed away, so we're doing this in remembrance of him as well as you know supporting everyone," said Team Captain Hanna McIntosh.

Scrapy Barnes is one of the event coordinators.

"The LLS wants to help one person at a time to find a cure for cancer," Barnes said. "If we've helped one person tonight then we've done a great thing."

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