Pa. House approves Bizzarro’s 'Light the Night' measure

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today announced the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously adopted his H.R. 210, designating September 2015 as "Light the Night Walk Month" in the commonwealth.  

"Each year, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosts 'Light the Night Walks' across the country, where participants raise beautiful colored lanterns into the night sky as they walk," Bizzarro said. "These important events help to honor blood cancer survivors, and raise awareness about these diseases. As a childhood cancer survivor myself, I am especially grateful to my colleagues for their support of Pennsylvania’s cancer patients and their families."

The organization’s Western Pennsylvania & West Virginia chapter held its annual Light the Night Walk in Erie last evening at Jerry Uht Park. Other Pennsylvania walks are set for Pittsburgh, Johnstown, and Uniontown, among other locations.

According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, approximately every 3 minutes a person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer. The three main types of blood cancers are leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. 

Since the organization was founded in 1949, it has allocated more than $1 billion for blood cancer research and patient services.