Local SUBWAY® Restaurants donate 1,000 sandwiches to the Light The Night Walk

October 10, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Lifestyle News
READING, Pa. (Oct. 10, 2007) — Local SUBWAY® Restaurants, known for their healthy menu options, are supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light The Night fundraising walk on Saturday, Oct. 20 by donating 1,000 sandwiches – a contribution valued at more than $3,500.

In 2006, more than 5,000 Pennsylvanians were diagnosed with, and 2,690 succumbed to, a blood cancer. The Light The Night Walk will bring together 1,500 area residents to participate in a non-competitive walk aimed at sparking awareness of blood cancers and generating critical funds for blood cancer research and patient services.

Walkers can register in advance online at www.LightTheNight.org/epa or starting at 4:30 p.m. the day of the event, when participants will converge at Gring’s Mill Recreation Area in Reading, Pa. to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer.

At 6:30 p.m. teams of co-workers, families and friends will complete the one-mile walk together in twilight holding illuminated balloons – white for survivors and red for supporters. The walk is a community celebration, complete with music, refreshments and family activities.

“SUBWAY® is proud to support an event that has such a positive impact on the Berks County community,” said Mary Shelton, a member of the local SUBWAY® restaurants’ advertising board. “We believe in this cause and are excited to help raise money that will fund research to cure blood cancers.”

Shelton and her husband, Kevin, own two SUBWAY® locations and will help prepare the sandwiches for the event. She added, “Leukemia has affected a family member, so this event is that much more important to us. My entire family will volunteer at the event to show support for others going through similar experiences.”

According to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, more than 785,000 Americans are living with blood cancers. Every five minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma, and every 10 minutes someone dies from one of these cancers.

Last year, more than $75,000 was raised through the Light The Night Walk in Berks County, contributing to the more than $1.25 million raised in Eastern Pennsylvania and more than $33 million raised through walks in more than 260 communities nationwide.

For additional information about local SUBWAY® Restaurants’ participation in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk, please call Lia Luisi at (919) 463-9680.

To learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk, or to register, please contact Marissa Levin, Berks County Campaign Manager, at (610) 521-8274, ext. 240 or visit www.LightTheNight.org/epa.


About SUBWAY® Restaurants
With more than 27,000 locations in 86 countries, the SUBWAY® Restaurant chain is the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise. In 2002, the SUBWAY® chain surpassed McDonald’s in the number of restaurants open in the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Milford, Conn., the SUBWAY® Restaurant chain was co-founded by Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck in 1965. The SUBWAY® chain was ranked the number one franchise opportunity in Entrepreneur magazine’s Annual Franchise 500 ranking for 2007. This marks the 15th time in 20 years that SUBWAY® Restaurants has received this distinction. For more information on SUBWAY® Restaurants, please visit www.subwayfreshbuzz.com.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., with 66 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The Society’s mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $424 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, the Society made 2.5 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.