Lighting the night for LLS

Posted: December 15, 2016 - 9:26am

This year isn’t the first time the Y-12 team representing Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) at the Light the Night (LTN) Walk in Knoxville surpassed its goal. The team has raised more than $30,000 to date for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), rising above its $22,000 goal.

Pam Summers, team captain, said, “These donations are used for research in finding a cure and in services for those who are dealing with these blood cancers.”

Team management sponsor Mike Beck, vice president of Mission Engineering, said, “I want to express my appreciation for your support of the LLS and the Light the Night Walk. Your personal commitment was incredible and allowed us to exceed our team goal. The total raised by the team will make a significant impact on patients with blood cancers.”

Team fundraising efforts began in April and will continue to the end December through the team’s website. Summers said, “Our grand total for the LTN bake sales and silent auctions was $5,046.75. I want to thank everyone who participated and supported this fundraiser in making it a success.”

Lori Friel, East Tennessee LTN campaign manager, said, “CNS is the number one corporate team and has been for the past 10 years. Since 2007, Y-12 employees have raised more than $197,265 for the LLS.”

The Y-12 team and hundreds of others supporting LLS met Oct. 25 at the University of Tennessee’s Circle Park and walked around campus while members of the Pride of the Southland Band played Rocky Top.

“Whether you provided a monetary donation, silent auction items and baked goods, or joined the team for the walk itself,” Beck said, “your generosity was most helpful in support of this great effort.”

This video, features lymphoma survivor Ryan Johnson of Information Solutions and Services sharing why he supports LLS. Fellow team and division member Karen Ryan said, “The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a true blessing for someone like me battling a blood cancer. Their fundraising drive, Light the Night, is so important for keeping funds flowing for research of live saving cures.”

Friel said, “Over the past 10 years, Y-12 and its employees have helped make a huge difference in the lives of blood cancer patients and their families. Money has been given to patients right here in East Tennessee to help with co pay assistance and funding researchers at St. Jude and Vanderbilt Hospital.”