FONTANA, Calif. - (April 13, 2017) – Auto Club Speedway and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Orange County Inland Empire Chapter are racing for a cure at the annual Light The Night to help speed up treatments and cures for blood cancers. Scheduled for October 28, 2017, Light The Night is a powerful and unique charity event where more than 5,000 walkers carry white, red and gold illuminated lanterns signifying a survivor, supporter or those walking in memory of loved ones who have been affected by blood cancer.
Participants will walk a 2-mile route through the Fan Zone to pit road and along the front stretch of the oval track. Since, Light The Night is on Halloween weekend there will be trick-or-treating and fun family activities.
The 2016 Light The Night met its fundraising goal of $550,000 and this year’s goal is $625,000 to help fund research that ultimately leads to cures and life-saving treatments.
Registration is open to individuals and teams. All registered participants will receive an illuminated lantern and those who raise $100 or more become a Champion for Cures and will receive a Light The Night Walk t-shirt and food voucher to be used at anyone of the food trucks. New this year, walkers who raise more than $2,400 will become part of Club 241.
“It’s a magical evening to take steps to help end blood cancers,” said Roxanne King, Corporate Hospitality Manager for Auto Club Speedway. “We encourage the community to donate, walk the track and enjoy the festival.”
In addition, attendees will enjoy a family-friendly community festival with live entertainment, kid zone, and sponsors including Wells Fargo, BJ’s Restaurant, Tilden-Coil Construction, Megan’s Wings and KGGI 99.1 FM.
“Light The Night is all about Bringing Light to the Darkness of Cancer,” said Shauna Levine, Senior Campaign Manager for Light The Night, LLS Orange County Inland Empire Chapter.
LLS Light The Night Walk Schedule—Oct. 28
Festival: 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies: 6:45 p.m.
Walk Begins: 7:00 p.m.
Fireworks: 8:15 p.m.
A driving force behind the Speedway’s support of LLS is that the disease has directly impacted two members of the Speedway family. Vice President of Operations, Ray Wilkings, daughter was diagnosed with AML Leukemia in April 2014 and is now leading a normal life with no signs of cancer. Corporate Hospitality Manager, Roxanne King’s daughter was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in October of 2014, she completed her chemotherapy treatment in December of 2016 and is currently in remission.
The Speedway recently hosted a Light The Night Kick-Off and Survivor Day during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Service King 300 race on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
Register and donate for the 2017 Light The Night Walk: www.lightthenight.org/events/inland-empire
About Light the Night
Light The Night event, now in its 18th year in the Inland Empire, regularly attracts more than 4,000 survivors and supporters and raises in excess of $500,000 each year. Light The Night Walk is a powerful and unique fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors and loved ones lost to the disease, and to shine a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients www.lightthenight.org/events/inland-empire
About Auto Club Speedway
Located 50 miles east of Los Angeles in Fontana, Auto Club Speedway is California’s premier motorsports facility, hosting over 320 days of track activity each year including the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 weekend – March 2018. The two-mile D-shaped oval is one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit. The Speedway is also home to numerous movie, television and commercial productions, photo shoots, new car testing, club racing and a variety of racing schools. For more information on events at Auto Club Speedway call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.