South Charlotte

Charlotte Light the Night Walk set for Oct. 18

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers, according to Deputy Executive Director Anne M. Reitzes of LLS.

Blood cancer isn’t something people like to talk about or even think about, said Reitzes, yet many people have been touched by the illness.

Charlottean Doug Pearce is a leukemia survivor.

“I completed treatments over four years ago and I feel good now,” he said. “I’ve been very active ever since in helping to raise money to find a cure.”

This year, Pearce is heading a team called Premier Warriors of the Knight for the Light the Night Walk at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18. The team’s goal is to raise $10,000.

The team will host a celebrity bartending event at the All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St. in Charlotte, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1, said Pearce.

Participating celebrities include Jim Szoke, a Carolina Panthers radio announcer; WCCB News Channel 6 anchor/reporter Morgan Fogarty; Time Warner Cable Chanel 14 news anchor Claudine Chalfant; and Patti Mercer, 2006 Mrs. South Carolina and 2008 Mrs. South Carolina International.

The evening will include a raffle/silent auction with items such as four tickets to the Oct.  12 Bank of America 500, special food and drink pricing, a session with a photographer and a billiards tournament. Contact Pearce at for details.

Last year, the LLS invested nearly $80 million in research, bringing the total to more than $1 billion spent to advance cancer therapies and save lives since the organization’s inception in 1949, Reitzes said. Despite those efforts, more than a third of blood-cancer patients do not survive five years after their diagnosis.

For information about the mission efforts, visit

The Light the Night Walk starts at Charlotte Knights Ballpark at 300 S. Church St. It is a casual walk and all are invited. For information or to donate, email