Quakes partner with LLS Light the Night Walk

Earthquakes form team for LLS Light the Night Walk, aim to raise $10,000

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced
today that for the fourth consecutive year the club will participate in The
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk on Saturday, Oct. 15 in Palo
Alto. Earthquakes players and members of the team’s front office will join fans
to walk in the event. This year the team will walk in honor of Matt Luzunaris
and his girlfriend Austen.

Luzunaris has been very committed to cancer causes during his first season with
the Earthquakes, establishing partnerships with local hospitals and cancer
outreach groups. His life has been touched by cancer in multiple ways. He lost
his brother, Sean, to cancer in 2001 and Austen is currently undergoing
treatment for non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in Seattle. Click here to read Matt’s
story.

The Earthquakes will also host The Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society (LLS) at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 15 for the game against
Sporting Kansas City. There will be a silent auction featuring items such as:
Quakes game-worn jerseys, a team-signed West Bromwich Albion jersey and signed
memorabilia from the 1994 World Cup Reunion hosted by the club on July 2. All proceeds
from the auction will benefit LLS. Additionally, fans can participate in
pregame activities in the fan zone that will require a donation to LLS, player
autograph signing, soccer kick game, etc.

All fans that donate money to the Quakes’ walk team will also earn a chance to
win two on-field seats for the club’s regular season finale on Oct. 22 against
FC Dallas. The prize package will also include two Earthquakes jerseys and a
lunch with Matt Luzunaris.

On Oct. 15,
the Light The Night Walk festivities at Palo Alto High School in begin at 5
p.m. PT, with the walk starting at dusk. Following the walk, Earthquakes fans
are invited to watch the Quakes game against Seattle Sounders FC at 7:30 p.m.
PT at a to-be-announced local restaurant/bar in Palo Alto.

Participants
walk carrying illuminated balloons to celebrate and commemorate lives touched
by cancer. All funds raised through the Light The Night Walk support LLS’s
mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the
quality of life for patients and their families. Children, adults and seniors
are all encouraged to participate in the event.

The Light The Night Walk brings together people from
across the United States and Canada to raise money and awareness for cancer
research. Donations will go towards lifesaving blood cancer research, free
educational materials and events for patients and families, local programs, a
peer-to-peer consulting program called First Connection and comprehensive
assistance through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Information Resource
Center.
For information about other walks happening in the Bay Area, go to www.lightthenight.org. To learn more about The Leukemia
& Lymphoma Society, visit www.lls.org.

People interested
in walking with the Earthquakes at Light The Night can register online at the club’s
team page: www.sjearthquakes.com/lightthenight.