Light the Night: Reston

Posted: Oct 13 2017 03:58PM EDT

Video Posted: Oct 13 2017 07:11PM EDT

Updated: Oct 13 2017 07:20PM EDT

The annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk kicks off in Reston, Virginia on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.

RESTON, Va. - The annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk kicked off in Reston on Friday as people impacted by blood cancers rallied to help find a cure.

The walk is the first of three in the area, as the other two will be held at in Rockville, Maryland and at the National Mall in the District. The events raise money to help find a cure for blood cancers and help generate somewhere in the ballpark of $3 million.

Bill and Andrew Hughes came out to Reston to show their support. Andrew was diagnosed acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was 3 years old. Now, 16 years old, Andrew and his father look to give back and help propel research for others.

"This has been a long time coming. We've been doing these events for 12 years,"  Bill Hughes said. "Back in the day when Andrew was little, there were people raising funds that led to the success back at that point in time and now it's our job to carry that forward and continue raising funding for research."

In the video player above, FOX 5’s Steve Chenevey reports live from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk in Reston, Virginia.

Want to join us for Light the Night at one of the DC area walks-- or just contribute to the cause? Either way, we'd love to have you!

Here's how to get involved or make a donation to a local walk:

October 13: Northern Virginia – Reston Town Center (Reston, Va.) – REGISTER or DONATE TO A PARTICIPANT

October 14: Montgomery County – Rockville Town Center (Rockville, Md.) - REGISTER or DONATE TO A PARTICIPANT

October 21: D.C.  – The National Mall (Washington, D.C.) - REGISTER or DONATE

For more information, go to to LLS National Capital Area's website.

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