As Sue McCaffrey completes the one-mile Light the Night walk Oct. 3, she and the estimated 7,000 supporters will be one mile closer to finding a cure for blood cancers.

As Sue McCaffrey completes the one-mile Light the Night walk Oct. 3, she and the estimated 7,000 supporters will be one mile closer to finding a cure for blood cancers.

McCaffrey, a Galena resident, has been living with mycosis fungoides, a rare form of cutaneous lymphoma that appears on the skin, since early 2005.

She travels to the James cancer hospital at the Ohio State University Medical Center every six months for blood tests and currently is participating in a study to help find a cure for the disease.

McCaffrey, 55, said she stumbled upon the Columbus Light the Night event, put on by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at Fred Beekman Park on the Ohio State University campus, last year after hearing about it from a family in New Albany, where she works as the office manager for the New Albany Chamber of Commerce on Market Street.

Participants complete a one-mile walk carrying illuminated balloons: white for survivors, red for supporters and gold for people who have died of blood cancer.

The Columbus Light the Night event raised $585,000 for research and patient services last year. This year, organizers have raised the goal to $705,000.

"I went down the first year just as a participant, and I had my daughters with me," McCaffrey said. "We were so touched when we saw the groups of people. My oldest daughter, Kelly (Allen), saw how emotional it was for me."

McCaffrey said it was an amazing sight to see nearly 7,000 people rally around the cause.

This year, Allen has organized a group of about 30 people to support McCaffrey on "Sue's Crew."

"There were six or seven of us last year, and my mom was talking about (starting) her own team," Allen said. "My mom does everything for everyone else, and she is so good about accommodating her schedule. I wanted to do something for her that not only she was interested in but also show her how much people love and appreciate how much she does for everyone else."

Thus far, Sue's Crew has raised about $500 --about 28 percent of the team's goal.

"Being the first year, we set our expectations high to see if we could do it," Allen said.

She said she has been sending e-mails to friends, asking them for donations.

McCaffrey said she held a bake sale and made $50 for the event by selling cookies.

She said her youngest daughter, Holly Hannon, held a garage sale to raise money for Sue's Crew.

"We're kind of new at all of this," McCaffrey said.

Those interested in donating to Sue's Crew should visit http://pages.lightthenight.org/coh/CntlOhio09/SuesCrew

McCaffrey said she is looking forward to sharing the event with her friends and family.

"It's more the awareness than anything," she said. "I just have got to do this again. I want to try to help raise some funds."

Allen said she expects her mother to tear up during Saturday's event when she sees the support for her and others facing blood cancer.

"My mom is a crier, and I know at first she is going to get a little weepy," Allen said. "I know she is going to be overjoyed to see the fact that everyone (is there) to love and support her."

The 2009 Light the Night fundraiser will begin at 7:30 p.m., with check-in starting at 5:30 p.m. at Fred Beekman Park.

For more information, visit www.lightthenight.org/coh or e-mail Rachel Crites at ra-chel.crites@lls.org