RYE BROOK, N.Y., Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This fall, communities across the country have been gathering for nearly 175 evening walks as part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual Light The Night® Walk ( www.LightTheNight.org). Light The Night Walks raise awareness and funds for blood cancer research and patient support services. The evening walks honor survivors, supporters and loved ones lost to blood cancer, while families, co-workers and community members, along with national partners and corporate teams, raise funds and take steps to help save lives. These corporate teams and national partners comprise tens of thousands of teams representing 12,000 companies and organizations across the country; these dedicated corporate teams and partners across North America raised nearly $62 million in 2015 during the five-month-long Light The Night Walk season. A significant portion of those donations were raised by the LLS's top 25 corporate partners and teams - from retailers, to financial companies to manufacturers to restaurant chains - all of which inspired employees and their friends and families, to form teams and raise funds, and to be part of a movement that is helping make someday, today, for blood cancer patients. According to Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., LLS President and Chief Executive Officer, "LLS's National Corporate Partner Team Program, which includes iconic companies and brands used by consumers every day, are helping LLS accelerate cures and bring us closer to a world without blood cancers. Many of these companies are retailers, which activate extensive fundraising campaigns providing an opportunity for their customers to donate when they make purchases. We are so grateful for the commitment and creativity shown by our many corporate partners; we expect their efforts to raise nearly $17 million this year to further the mission of LLS, to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families." These fundraising efforts culminate in inspirational, memorable evening walks where participants carry illuminated lanterns - white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. Anyone big, small, young or old can shine a light on the importance of finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.