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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society prepares for Light the Night Walk

Gas prices pushing or exceeding the $4 mark may be putting the brakes on Americans’ summer travel plans, but The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is doing its part to provide some relief by offering free gas cards and a chance to win an all-expense paid vacation to Light The Night® Walk participants.

Light The Night Walk is the nation’s opportunity to pay tribute and commemorate lives touched by blood cancer and the goal of finding cures and helping patients. Fundraising online during the months of July and August can earn participants $50 gas cards for every $500 raised and $15 gas cards for every $250 raised during those months. Cards are available while supplies last. As a bonus, the top online fundraiser in July and August will win a special grand prize: a vacation for four at one of the luxurious Marriott Vacation Club International’s Orlando Resort properties, including air transportation. For information about the gas promotion, contact LLS’s New Mexico/El Paso chapter at (505) 872-0141, ext. 228, toll free at (888) 286-7846, ext. 228, or visit www.lightthenight.org/freegas.

Light The Night Walks will take place in Albuquerque on September 20 and in El Paso, Texas on October 11, with teams of co-workers, families, and friends walking together in twilight holding illuminated balloons—white for survivors and red for supporters.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. For information about blood cancer, visit www.LLS.org or call the LLS Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The call center is staffed by master’s level social workers, nurses, and health educators who provide information, support, and resources to patients and their families and caregivers.


Athletes achieve their highest level of fitness in Los Alamos

Whether athletes run, bike, ski, swim, or hike, they’re finding Los Alamos, New Mexico, is open year round for high-altitude training. Achieving peak performance is tough at 7,500 feet, but this historic town is attracting competitors worldwide for training and competitions.

The city recently launched its Los Alamos High-Altitude Sports website. The online resource for athletes, http://www.lahighaltitudesports.com, provides a full calendar of sporting events in the area with direct links to the event websites, as well as vacation tours and map information for regional attractions. The website also provides links to local lodging deals and other special deals.

“Los Alamos is a unique place to train,” said Kelly Stewart, Economic/Marketing Specialist with Los Alamos County. “Our community supports and encourages athletes to test their physical strength here. The high altitude and rugged terrain deliver the challenge.”

Athletes are also competing in events here year round. The front page of the new website features a full schedule of events, from snow sports to orienteering to triathlons.

“Athletes are discovering Los Alamos,” said Stewart. “Olympic swimmers and hopefuls from around the world come to train at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center, which houses the highest elevation Olympic-sized pool in the nation. Plus, we have local athletes, including ultra-marathoners, that are taking advantage of our access to the myriad trails in the Jemez Mountains and the Valles Caldera National Preserve (an 89,000-acre area inside a collapsed volcano crater) to design courses and events that are attracting competitors from around the nation.”

The Atomic City Invitation Golf Tournament is scheduled for July 2 to 6 at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Nestled atop the beautiful mesas below the Jemez Mountains, this course offers a challenging 6,500-yard, par 72, eighteen-hole layout. Ponderosa pines and cottonwood trees line the sloping fairways and small push-up greens provide a challenge to even the most experienced golfers. Additional information is available at http://www.losalamosgolf.org/index.htm.

On July 4, runners are encouraged to enter the Independence Day Firecracker 5K race in Los Alamos.

“After competing, we encourage athletes to stay and visit the area attractions, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum, the County’s historical walking tour, and the ancestral pueblo dwellings at Bandelier National Monument,” said Stewart. “In addition to world class sporting events, Los Alamos offers touring athletes and their families rich history and a variety of fun outings.”

In addition to a full calendar of sporting events at http://www.lahighaltitudesports.com, athletes can find a more information at: http://visit.losalamos.com.

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