On Oct. 13, Collins participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night walk at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids. The credit union has been a long-time supporter of this remarkable event and has participated – either through sponsorships or as a walking team – for the past 17 years. The Light the Night event was a time to celebrate, honor and remember those affected by leukemia and lymphoma. Survivors “light” the way by holding a lantern during the walk and taking part in a survivor ceremony. A Remembrance Pavilion was available to honor those who lost their fight with cancer by writing and sharing fond memories with loved ones. The team assembled by Collins was made up of employee’s, family members and friends during this amazing event. This memorial was personal for the Collins team because not only were they honoring the memory of Nancy Nemmers, a co-worker that lost her battle to cancer, but they were also supporting the continuing fight of their team captain, Candace Pardee. As a sponsor of Mission Mile, Collins provided beautiful potted Mums all along the walking route to honor those directly affected by leukemia and lymphoma. At the end of the walk, Collins team members presented the Mums as a gift to each family. To raise money in preparation for the Light the Night walk, Collins staff at the Cedar Rapids and Marion Branches sold $1 paper pinups for Light the Night and team members worked individually to fundraise for the cause. The total contribution, including the Mission Mile sponsorship, was $6,790, placing Collins as the top corporate team. The funds will be utilized by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to provide patient support services, advocate for lifesaving treatments, and fund the research for a cure. Collins is grateful for the opportunity to partner with other community organizations in the fight against cancer. They are thankful for the dedicated work of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.