The Alabama/Gulf Coast Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has named American Family Care CEO, Dr. Bruce Irwin and President, Randy Johansen, as corporate co-chairs of its 2015 Birmingham Light The Night Walk, the annual fundraising event LLS holds each fall to raise money for cancer research and patient services.
“American Family Care has been a long-time supporter of the Light The Night Walk. I hope everyone joins us in this community celebration providing help and hope for thousands of Alabama cancer patients and their families,” Johansen said.
LLS hosts walks in more than 200 communities across the United States and Canada. Participants carry illuminated lanterns – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold to remember those who have died – to honor and commemorate lives touched by blood cancer. The Birmingham Light The Night Walk will take place on Thursday, Nov. 5, at Railroad Park Road.
“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Johansen and Dr. Irwin as our Birmingham Light The Night Walk co-chair,” said Lizzi Wilkerson, Light The Night campaign director for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Alabaster/Gulf Coast chapter. “Their personal commitment to the cause and experience with hospital administration and health initiatives will be invaluable to our fundraising efforts.”
The other members of this year’s executive committee to support the Light The Night Walk are Dr. Uma Borate, UAB Medicine; Suzannah Campbell, St. Vincent’s – Birmingham ; Dr. Mia Cowan, MiBella Wellness Center; Scott Fenn, Baptist Health System; Todd Fredella, Cadence Bank; Mark Haladwala, BBVA Compass; Ira Hodges, HealthSouth Corporation; Alison Holt, Regions Bank; Tad & Toni Hill, Freedom Financial Group; Sophie Martin, BCBSAL; Bryan Mullins, Business Interiors; Jenni Parker, Cobbs Allen; and Jim Screws, Regions Bank.
The funds raised through corporate and individual contributions help to find cures and better therapies for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to provide information, education and support for patients and their families.