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2017-09-13 / Lifestyles

Buffalo prepares for 19th annual ‘Light The Night Walk’


“Light The Night Walk” participants gather at Delaware Park in September 2016 in support of this nationwide event, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year’s event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, also in Delaware Park. “Light The Night Walk” participants gather at Delaware Park in September 2016 in support of this nationwide event, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year’s event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, also in Delaware Park. Even with the extensive research nationwide and signs of progress being made, cancer still rears its ugly head. Yet, generous donations can go a long way in helping the fight against the disease, and people in Western New York have an opportunity to make a difference this month.

On Friday, Sept. 22, the 19th annual “Light The Night Walk” will be held at Delaware Park in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The evening walk, which will take place at 7:30, is a fundraising event in which participants organize teams and donate as much money as possible to LLS, with all proceeds going toward research to find cures for blood cancer. The event is held in cities throughout the country, including Rochester and Syracuse.


Frank Coseglia Jr., left, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December 2007. After three rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, he went into remission in March 2008. Coseglia will be walking for Team Niagara at the 2017 “Light The Night Walk” on Friday, Sept. 22. Frank Coseglia Jr., left, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December 2007. After three rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, he went into remission in March 2008. Coseglia will be walking for Team Niagara at the 2017 “Light The Night Walk” on Friday, Sept. 22. All of the donations made in Buffalo will stay in Western New York. In 2015, more than $420,000 was raised in support of LLS, and in 2016, approximately $550,000 was raised. This year’s goal is $600,000.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Western New York Chapter sponsors the local event and gets support from its volunteers. One of them is 32-year-old Niagara Falls native Frank Coseglia Jr., who is part of “Team Niagara.” As a member of the Air Force, Coseglia is joined by a group of people from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Up to this point, Coseglia has raised $361.66, and his team has raised a total of $620. A participant in Light The Night multiple times, Coseglia was studying marine biology at the University of New Haven in Connecticut when he discovered he had acute myeloid leukemia.

After nine months of being in and out of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo and three rounds of chemotherapy, Coseglia received a bone marrow transplant on March 28, 2008. He has been in remission for more than nine years, and he shared how the experience changed his outlook on life.

“You learn to appreciate every little thing you have going on and not taking anything for granted,” he said. “You don’t realize how good life is until something like this happens, and it completely changes who you are as a person.”


The 2016 “Light The Night Walk” raised approximately $550,000, with more than 3,000 participants. The event, which is held in cities across the country, is the 19th annual walk in Buffalo. For more information, visit www.lightthenight.org/wcny. The 2016 “Light The Night Walk” raised approximately $550,000, with more than 3,000 participants. The event, which is held in cities across the country, is the 19th annual walk in Buffalo. For more information, visit www.lightthenight.org/wcny. Coseglia went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in business administration from American Military University, an online learning institution. He also got back into the Air Force. He had originally enlisted in 2003 before being diagnosed with leukemia. It was a long road back for Coseglia, but in 2011 he started his service full time, which is where he is today.

“It took me a while to get back into the Air Force because, obviously, they want to make sure you’re healthy,” he said. “It’s all about having a positive attitude and taking things one day at a time, and that’s the biggest piece of advice I could give.”

Participants in the Light The Night Walk will be carrying illuminated lanterns to light up the park. The lanterns are in three different colors, with each one representing something different. White lanterns are in honor of survivors and the power of research. Red represents supporters, while gold signifies the remembrance of those who have lost their lives.

All participants who raise $100 or more become a “Champion for Cures,” which means they will receive an event T-shirt, an illuminated lantern and a wristband for food, and also can attend the post-event reception.

Registration for “Light The Night Walk” will take place from 5 to 7:15 p.m. at the Zoofari Courtyard at Delaware Park.

For more information on the event or to register and donate online, visit www.lightthenight.org/wcny. Participants also can register by calling the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s local chapter at 834-2578.

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