Hundreds came out Thursday, for the Light the Night walk. Some, like Jill Matson, walk in honor of a loved ones who passed.
"In December, our daughter, Janelle Matson, was diagnosed with leukemia, and three weeks later she passed away. She was only one," said Matson. "It was a really hard time for us, but what we've found since then in through fundraising and doing things like this, it really kind of keeps her memory alive and makes us feel some sense of peace about everything."
This night raised awareness, and money, for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Survivors were also a part of the walk. Cancer survivor and State Representative Ryan Bizzarro, (D) 3rd District, was this year's chair. This walk so near and dear to his heart, that he's used his influence to raise even more awareness for the disease.
"On the House Floor, back when we were in session, I did a resolution making this month, making September, 'Light the Night Month' in Pennsylvania. It helped actually raise awareness and we were able to pull in more donations state-wide," said Bizzarro.
Walkers wore green shirts, and carried lanterns throughout downtown Erie for the walk. Each lantern was a different color for a reason. Survivors carried white, and the red was carried by supporters of those who passed away and those still battling cancer.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society helps patients and families during trying times. For Ashley Caldwell, the group was especially valuable when her 10-year-old son had to receive treatment in Pittsburgh.
"The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society us actually all over the hospital, helping with parking, helping with different things the family needs," said Caldwell. "$20 a day parking becomes expensive, so they're very, very helpful in helping find cures as well."
Caldwell's son is now cancer free. For both her and others, who's loved ones lost the fight, they walk to give back.
"We really hope that the fact that all the money stays local, that other families going through situations like ours, can really benefit from what we're doing," said Matson.
All the money raised from the walk will stay in Erie.