Despite the wet conditions outside, the inaugural Light the Night event is still on schedule to illuminate The Forks tonight.
Approximately 500 people are expected to come together at the downtown meeting place to help end blood cancers. Registration opens at 5 p.m., with the walk beginning at 7 p.m.
Groups of friends, family and coworkers have already raised over $130,000. Participants will hold a variety of illuminated paper lanterns: a gold lantern is held in memory of a loved one, a red lantern representing support and a white lantern is held by survivors.
A fundraising campaign to support the mission of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC), Light the Night aims to raise awareness to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Light The Night is expected to raise more than $5 million across Canada in 2013.