Events Schedule for Eastern Iowa and Des Moines:
5:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Lighting of the Lanterns
7:45 p.m. walk followed by fireworks
Parking is Free and located within walking distance.
Do I need to be registered to attend Light the Night?
Registration online prior to the event is strongly encouraged. All participants must be registered in order to receive a lantern, and day of registration will be available via text and paper forms.
Where do I turn in donations at Light the Night?
Donations are welcome and encouraged the night of the event. All donations can be turned in at our Registration area. We accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express, cash and personal checks. Checks should be made out to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or LLS with your name in the memo line.
What is a Champion For Cures?
All Light The Night Walkers who raise $100 or more will be called Champions for Cures and will receive the following benefits on the night of the Walk:
- Light The Night T-Shirt
- Wristband which entitles the walker to hotdog and chips at the Hy-Vee Village.
Are patients and survivors expected to fundraise?
Just like our other walkers, patients and survivors have an opportunity to raise $100 or more and become a Champion for Cures. Many of our highest individual fundraisers are patients and survivors.
Patients/survivors who do not raise $100 or more and want to attend the Walk are encouraged to attend and participate as guests of LLS. Patients and survivors receive all benefits (t-shirt, lantern and wristband for food) regardless of the fundraising level achieved. This applies to patients only, not their family members or team members.
Will I become a Champion for Cures if I donate $100 to a friend?
While we greatly appreciate all donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, fundraising incentives are based on individual fundraising totals, and not donations. You will only receive a t-shirt and wristband if you have personally raised $100 by the walk.
What is the Bright Lights Club?
You can become a member of our Bright Lights Club by raising $1,000 or more, which will have a significant impact in creating a world without blood cancer. Bright Lights get access to our VIP tent, with special catering, and a special Bright Light shirt.
Does every walker get a lantern?
Yes, All registered participants will receive an illuminated lantern. Every walker who raises $100 or more is a Champion For Cures and will receive a Light The Night t-shirt and a wristband which entitles the walker to hotdog and chips at the Hy-Vee Village.
Walkers who raise less than $100 are welcome to join us for an inspirational evening including music and camaraderie but do not qualify for a Light The Night t-shirt or a wristband for snacks. However, patients and survivors receive these benefits regardless of their fundraising level.
What do the lantern colors mean?
During the Walk, walkers carry illuminated lanterns in three colors: white lanterns are carried by survivors and patients; red lanterns by supporters; gold lanterns are carried by those walking in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.
Will my team members receive a lantern, t-shirt and food the night of the Walk?
Any team member who becomes a Champion For Cures and raises $100 or more will receive these benefits.
Because many of our successful teams plan events to raise funds collectively, LTN staff are available to actively assist team captains with dividing funds prior to the event to ensure all team members receive their appropriate benefits. Due to the high volume of participants at registration, we ask that all of these requests are made prior to Walk night.
How is the money used?
Proceeds from Light The Night Walk help advance our mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This mission is carried out through funding extensive research for treatments and cures, government advocacy, patient assistance programs, community outreach and education programs.
How long is the route?
Light the Night is approximately 1 mile walk. A leisurely pace is the norm on this Walk, which takes under an 45 minutes to complete. We want to be accessible and accommodating to all participants.
Are pets, strollers, bicycles and inline skaters allowed to participate?
Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. However, for everyone's safety, bicycles, inline skates, wheelie footwear, skateboards and scooters are not allowed. Pets are not encouraged.
What happens if it rains?
The Walk is held rain or shine. Please feel free to follow us on Social Media for event updates @LLSiowa