Members walk to Light the Night in memory of co-worker
On Sunday, May 7, 2017, a Light the Night walk took place to honour the memory of Mike Piedgrossi.
Mike was a member of UFCW Local 175 since 1999. He passed away in September 2016 after a battle with cancer. The walk at Bayfront Park was led by many of his co-workers and other Union members from the Hamilton-area Barn Markets and Metro stores.
Kim McDonald, a Local 175 Union Steward at The Barn Markets #229 in Hamilton, coordinated The Light the Night walk to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) with the assistance from the Members at that store and Lara Panov from the LLSC.
Participants carry lanterns as they walk. Gold lanterns mark those walking in memory of a loved one. Red lanterns are carried by supporters, and white lanterns are carried by patients and survivors.
“It was amazing to see the spirit and friendship during the event,” said Union Servicing Rep Lee Johnson-Koehn, who wore a t-shirt to honour Mike’s memory. “We work alongside people every day and they become part of our lives. It’s inspiring to see that his memory will live on through fundraising to help others.”
For more information on research and patient care funded by these walks, visit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC).