The chilly air didn’t seem quite as inconvenient as thousands of people raised their lanterns to the sky and marched through Target Field on Oct. 14 to help fight cancer and honor those who fought or are still fighting their battle against the deadly disease.
The event was Light the Night, which is an annual fundraiser organized by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) – Minnesota Chapter. Money raised from the event helps support the research of blood cancer treatments that help save lives. This includes funding active LLS research projects, investing in cancer research, and helping patients afford their expensive treatments.
This year was the first time Gausman & Moore organized a team to help join this fight against cancer and had involvement from employees at all three of our offices (Roseville, Duluth, and Los Angeles).
“All of us have been affected by cancer in some way, so helping support organizations committed to ending cancer is a good thing,” said Ed Studniski, G&M President. “We were proud to be a part of a great cause.”
The G&M team raised more than $2,400 for LLS this year. This amount was part of hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by other companies, private teams and individuals.
At the event people could receive a lantern that was either white (for survivors), gold (in memory of a lost loved one), or red (for supporters). The survivors, with their white lanterns, gathered in a circle around home plate during the event’s presentation. Gausmand and Moore had two representatives in the survivor circle – Paul Haslach (Partner, Mechanical Engineering), and Gabe Bartlett (son of Tim Bartlett – Marketing). As the survivors remained in the circle, thousands of their supporters raised their red and gold lanterns to honor them and those who lost their battle.
“To see that sea of red and gold was truly an inspiring and touching moment,” said Haslach.
After a short presentation and video tribute, the thousands of people in attendance raised their lanterns and walked through and around Target Field. Eventually everyone made their way onto the field as fireworks shot off above them. The consensus among the participants seemed to be that, despite some unseasonably cold weather, it was all worth it.
For more information about LLS, go to www.lls.org. For more information about Light the Night, go to www.lightthenight.org.