Hundreds of people poured through downtown Napa Saturday night for a two-mile walk to benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Greater Bay Area Chapter.
It was the first time the event, which is run at cities throughout the nation during the fall, has come to Napa Valley. Starting point was Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Napa.
Money raised goes to pay for research into blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma.
Catherine Brown, executive director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society of the Greater Bay Area, announced to the crowd Saturday of over 500
gathered downtown that the event has already raised the goal of $150,000
and could exceed that amount.
Some funds are raised by buying a major feature of the event: illuminated balloons.
The color of the balloon signifies various attributes: white for survivors; red for supporters; gold in memory of loved ones lost.
T-shirts and wrist bands also went to participants in the event. For more information about the area chapter, see: www.LightTheNight.org.
Napa's event featured music from the local J Silverheels Band, face painting and a dinner for select participants at Downtown Joe's Brewery and Restaurant.
Also featured was a tent with remembrances of honored heroes. That includes Napa's 3-year-old Jared McDaniel, who is currently undergoing intensive chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.