Lighting the night with balloons in remembrance

White, red and gold balloons for the Light the Night fundraiser.

Overcoming Leukemia, Lymphoma and other cancers, was the focus Sunday night at the Light the Night fundraiser at the SeaGate Convention Center in downtown Toledo.

Light the Night is an annual celebration of survivorship and a night of remembrance for those who have died fighting the different kinds of blood cancers.

Friends, family and co-workers formed fundraising teams which lead to an evening walk where participants carried illuminated balloons. Survivors carried white balloons, supporters carried red balloons and those walking in memory of a lost loved one carried gold balloons.

"As those balloons float across the sky, you can see those red balloons envelop around the survivors and the folks who have lost someone. It is a magical moment," Amy Paushche, the Executive Director for Northern Ohio Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, said.

The Northern Ohio Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hopes to raise between $170,000 to $200,000 at Sundayâ??s fundraiser.

Paushche said, "the research is happening right now and we need to make sure it is fundedâ?¦ out of all of the cancer drugs that have been approved since 2000, almost have come from blood cancers, because of the support from individuals from events like tonight."