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The Georgia Pest Control Association supports Leukemia & Lymphoma Society event
The Georgia Pest Control Association supports Leukemia & Lymphoma Society event

Ted Veitch, President of the Norcross-based Georgia Pest Control Association (GPCA) announced the tenth annual participation of the organization with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walks. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) relies heavily on funds raised through the GPCA. Since 2004, member companies of the GPCA have raised $876,000 to help fight blood cancers.  Their goal is to reach the $1 million mark this year to celebrate their decade of participation with the Light The Night Walks.

“The Georgia Pest Control Association is proud to partner with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the Light The Night Walk,” said Ted Veitch, the GPCA President. “Light The Night provides a way for our association to work together to raise funds for cancer research and allows us to give back in the communities we serve. I’m excited to announce we raised over $77,000 for LLS in 2012 throughout Georgia.”

Members that are joining forces to fight cancer are the same companies that come together to fight pest problems. Allgood Pest Solutions, Advanced Services, HomeTec Exterminating, Active Pest Solutions, Knox Pest Control, Terminix and Future Services are just a few of the participating companies that raise funds by hosting events, soliciting customers for donations, fundraising through their employees and sponsoring the GPCA Light The Night Walks. Many other pest companies and vendors support the partnership through the annual GPCA Golf Tournament.

“We are delighted to have the Georgia Pest Control Association back for a tenth straight year and support their goal of reaching the one millionth dollar raised by 2013,” said Kelly Dolan, Executive Director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Georgia Chapter. “Associations like the GPCA are great partners because they work with so many companies who are able to involve employees, vendors, customers and families, all with a common goal.” 

Light The Night is a nationwide evening fundraising walk to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. In Georgia, Light The Night’s fundraising efforts have grown tremendously, from $460,000 in 2003 to more than $2 million in 2012. Learn more: www.lightthenight.org/ga.

About the Georgia Pest Control Association
Currently representing 85% of pest control operators in the state, the GPCA was incorporated in 1950 with only sixteen original members. With more than 1000 individual and member companies statewide, the GPCA is made up of pest control professionals who protect health, families, businesses and the environment from insects and the damage they can cause. A major employer, the GPCA is an integral part of schools operations, commercial establishments and home management. High quality communication, education and upholding the professional pest management industry throughout Georgia and surrounding states are the benchmarks of the GPCA. Benefits of GPCA membership include legislative lobbying, training and education, free continuing education programs, professional magazine access, leadership training, scholarships, lending library and business manuals and access to email updates, a toll free telephone number and assistance from a full-time staff. For more information about the GPCA, visit its Web site at www.gpca.org.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. 
The Georgia Chapter serves patients with a variety of programs including the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program, The Trish Greene Back to School Program for Children with Cancer as well as financial assistance programs which last year provided $1.59 million to patients statewide.  Currently, the Georgia Chapter funds $2.75 million towards research grants in multi-year agreements with Emory Winship Cancer Institute and Georgia Regents University. There were approximately 3,650 new diagnoses for blood cancer in Georgia in 2011. Visit www.lls.org/ga.