FONTANA, Calif. - (June 25, 2019) – The community is invited to walk the track to fight cancer on Saturday, October 26, 2019 as part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Orange County Inland Empire Chapter’s Light The Night at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Participants will walk a 2-mile route through the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone to pit road and along the front stretch of the oval track.
More than 5,000 walkers are expected to participate and will carry white, red and gold illuminated lanterns on the famous speedway and facility grounds signifying a survivor, supporter or those walking in memory of loved ones who have been affected by blood cancer. Since 2009, this charity walk has locally raised over $5 million to help fund research that leads to cures and life-saving treatments.
The Light The Night is free and 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 event t-shirt and food voucher to be used at one of the food vendors. Join the exclusive Club 241 by raising more than $2,400.
“This is the fourth year the Light The Night has been at Auto Club Speedway and it continues to grow each year,” said Roxanne King, Sr. Corporate Hospitality Manager for Auto Club Speedway. “This is a great community event that has raised more than a half-million dollars each year to help find a cure.”
In addition, attendees will enjoy a family-friendly community festival with entertainment, kid zone activities, and sponsors including Walgreens, Burlington, BJ’s Restaurants, Tilden-Coil Constructors and many more.
“When someone hears ‘you have cancer’, it’s the darkest moment in their life. We, at LLS, are committed to Bringing Light to the Darkness of Cancer, and Light The Night does just that,” said Dayna Murphy, LLS Orange County Inland Empire Chapter.
LLS Light The Night Schedule—Oct. 26
Festival: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies: 6:45 p.m.
Walk Begins: 7:00 p.m.
Fireworks: 8:15 p.m.
The LLS Light the Night hits close to home for the Auto Club Speedway family. Two members of the Speedway staff have been affected by this horrible disease. 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.
Register and donate for the 2019 Light The Night: www.lightthenight.org/events/inland-empire
About Light the Night
Light The Night event, now in its 17th year in the Inland Empire, regularly attracts more than 5,000 survivors and supporters and raises in excess of $500,000 each year. Light The Night 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 NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 weekend – Feb. 28-March 1, 2020. 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.
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