Fundraising Campaigns

Thousands of volunteers provided their time and talent in 2017 to make our signature fundraising campaigns a success. Through our campaigns, participants help us support lifesaving research, patient support and education, and advocacy efforts that benefit blood cancer patients. LLS has been a pioneer in creating theme-driven fundraising campaigns, including:

Light The Night

Light The Night is a powerful campaign bringing light to the darkness of cancer. One million friends, families and co-workers gather together, carrying illuminated lanterns in 150 inspirational evening walks to celebrate, honor or remember those touched by cancer. 

Light The Night had a record year, raising $68.5 million; the campaign has raised more than $625 million since 1999. LTN increased its revenue by 12 percent and was honored as the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum’s Program of the Year. LTN was named the ninth largest peer-to-peer fundraising program in America and registered the largest dollar increase of any program.

This year, Light The Night introduced Random Acts of Light, engaging celebrities and local heroes to surprise people touched by blood cancers with special meetings, to help brighten their lives during a dark time.

Team In Training

Team In Training continues to be the leading charity program that inspires and supports “teammates” with a unique opportunity to experience personal achievement through the Team that provides camaraderie, experienced coaching and fundraising support, and personal discovery.

Team In Training has raised more than $1.5 billion over the past 29 years, training more than 650,000 teammates. As it approaches its 30th year, Team In Training and LLS continue to innovate a platform for fundraisers to change lives, both theirs and those impacted by our mission. Our fundraising opportunities have expanded to include high-caliber events in cycling and climbing. We have had numerous fundraisers summit Mount Kilimanjaro, have upcoming trips to Everest Basecamp and opportunities to cycle over some of Europe’s historic mountains. LLS is supporting the most pioneering cancer research of our time, and you will find a Team In Training teammate moving to support the mission.


In 2011, I was introduced to Team In Training (TNT) through a friend who had just completed the New York City Triathlon with TNT and wanted me to share the great experience. When I joined, I did not have a direct connection to the cause but over the more than six years of my involvement I have met many teammates, friends, supporters and donors who are impacted by blood cancer. This has motivated me to do as much as I can.

I’ve been involved with LLS in many ways. I have completed 14 fundraising seasons with TNT and my role has evolved from participant, to mentor to team captain. My greatest achievement came last year, when I had the honor of participating in LLS’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign as the first-ever representative from Brooklyn, New York. My other proudest achievements: completing my first half-marathon, climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa with Climb2Cure, and learning to swim in order to complete my first-ever triathlon.

With all my involvement with LLS I have raised more than $100,000 and I proudly and patiently wait for the day when I can say that I helped contribute to an organization that has developed cures and treatments to help every patient impacted by blood cancer.

Man & Woman of the Year

Man & Woman of the Year is a truly unique fundraising campaign. In an annual competition in communities across the country, candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year, by raising funds for LLS.

By engaging influential community leaders, Man & Woman of the Year taps into the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that has allowed LLS to achieve great success in funding groundbreaking research to advance cancer cures. The winners receive LLS’s “Man & Woman of the Year” titles. Every dollar raised counts as one vote and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of 10 weeks. Top local fundraisers become eligible to win national titles. In 2017, candidates raised $40 million.

Student Series

Student Series is a service learning, character education, and philanthropy program where students gain the unique experience of helping thousands of people in their fight against blood cancers.

Programs are tailored to each school level so students can grow with Student Series and have an even greater impact on the lives of patients each year. More than 13 million students and 850,000 educators in 27,000 schools across the United States participate annually. Since it began, students have raised more than $315 million to fund breakthrough therapies and patient services, with more than $26 million in this year alone.

Students of the Year

One of the premier fundraising programs within the Student Series is the Students of the Year campaign — a campaign that mobilized more than 400 motivated high school students across the country to raise an astounding $6 million in its inaugural year. Ella Behnke is a 16-year-old from San Antonio, TX who earned the winning title, “National Student of the Year,” raising more than $334,768 for cancer cures!

Volunteer SPOTLIGHT: Maria Avila

Our son Enrique was only two years old when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Our life changed in a matter of minutes. At the age of three, Enrique received a bone marrow transplant and today, he is a healthy 17 year old.

Soon after his diagnosis, we received an educational resource from LLS, which provided information we needed and gave us hope. Our family wanted to be part of an organization that brought hope and information to families while funding research for cures. We joined Light The Night and formed “Team Familia Avila & Amigos” to raise funds and walk with hundreds of other survivors, caregivers and supporters.

We are so proud to work with LLS to bring light to the darkness of cancer, in honor of our son and the many other families impacted by blood cancers.

Leukemia Cup Regatta

Leukemia Cup Regatta is a thrilling series of sailing events that combines the joy of boating with the important task of raising money to cure cancer. At events held at yacht clubs across North America, skippers register their boats and recruit friends and colleagues to help crew and raise funds. Crew members seek donations from friends, family, co-workers and employers to sponsor their boat.

More than $62 million has been raised through the Leukemia Cup Regatta series for lifesaving research and patient services since its start 30 years ago.