Cancer leaves few lives untouched. We all know someone who has battled or continues to battle the disease. Doctors and researchers are working toward a cure, but the medical community cannot win that fight alone. All of the innovative and life-saving blood cancer research performed by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) requires the support of everyday Atlantic Canadians so it can continue to evolve and thrive. For that reason, Team IMP Solutions was proud to actively participate in the Halifax LLSC 2017 Light the Night Walk.
A Night of High Spirits and Hope
The Halifax Light the Night Walk on October 21st at Garrison Grounds was one of 11 LLSC sponsored events in Atlantic Canada supporting the fight against leukemia and lymphoma.
Halifax was able to raise an incredible $775,000, which is up from last year’s record of $604,000. The IMP Solutions team and our partner, Cisco Systems, walked with family members and friends through downtown Halifax and past the IWK Health Centre. We carried lanterns in memory and support of those fighting blood cancers and were touched to see the lanterns in the IWK Grace windows waving in support of the cause. Between our two teams we raised over $17,000 and we were personally thanked for our efforts Saturday night by the Halifax LLSC Executive Director (and former Stanley Cup Champ), Joe DiPenta.
Our IMP Solutions captain (Pre-Sales Engineer Bernadette Richards) and team participants (Leah Turner, Katie Keefe, David Joyce, Crystal Gilkie, Allison Flemming, David MacKinnon, and Dave Power) put in a fantastic effort fundraising over the past four months. As first time participants, the IMP Solutions team was one of the Top 20 corporate fundraisers at Garrison Grounds out of nearly 100 companies. Best of all, those funds raised in Atlantic Canada stay in Atlantic Canada, providing support to local researchers and families.
How Funds from the 2017 Light the Night Walk Get Used
The funds we raised before and during the 2017 Light the Night Walk go towards programs all throughout Atlantic Canada, ranging from patient support and fundraising to public education and further research. One noteworthy LLSC funded project is being done by cancer researchers at Dalhousie University, testing new and safer leukemia treatments on tropical zebrafish. Because the fish have some odd similarities to human beings and are completely see-through, researchers are able to track how infected cells move through their bodies and visibly study how infected cells respond to different treatments. It’s ground-breaking work that has the potential to improve the way we cure several rarer forms of leukemia.
Efforts like these are possible through the fundraising and support of people like our incredible team. We want to extend a big thank-you to all of IMP Solutions and IMP Group team for their financial contributions and support of our fundraising efforts.
To learn more about the ways the IMP Solutions family is giving back to the local community, visit our blog.