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Hundreds raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT)- Hundreds came together to raise money to find a cure for leukemia and lymphoma.

The Light the Night Walk was held at Trustmark Park to celebrate and remember lives touched by cancer.

Leukemia and Lymphoma survivors and supporters participated in the two mile fund raising walk. Teams held white balloons in honor of survivors and red for supporters that were later released.

Officials say leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20.

According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society every four minutes one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Event organizers say the money collected will remain in the state to help patients and survivors.

"In some way we are all touched by leukemia. In some ways we know a family, friend or co-worker, somebody knows somebody that's been affected by this disease. So we have this event once a year, just to kind of bring remembrance to it but also bring special awareness," said President of the MS Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lindsay Buford.

This is the 12th year the light the night walk has been held.

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