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“Light the Night” to fight leukemia and lymphoma

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Thousands of San Diegans shined a light on leukemia and lymphoma Friday night as they gathered at Petco Park to raise awareness with their personal stories.

The Glow at Petco Park is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Annual “Light the Night” walk.

Thousands of people walked around at Petco Park. Many were supporters who carried red lanterns, and survivors said they were there Friday night because of supporters.

The gold lanterns represented those who lost their battle, and the white lanterns represented patients and survivors.

The red lanterns represented supporters.

Durwyn Anda's 4-year-old son, Dylan, was diagnosed with leukemia in August.

His father says his son is now in remission and owes that strength to the support for cancer research through Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or LLS, which reports in the 60's the five year survival rate for children was 3 percent, now it's 90 percent.  

"All the supporters are his angels watching out for him," Anda said.

More than 4,000 people stomped the pavement to walk around Petco Park for leukemia and lymphoma research.

In California more than 16,000 cases of leukemia and lymphoma are reported.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society says Light the Night Walk is the largest fundraiser.

They expect to exceed last year's amount of $720,000.

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