The Toy Soldiers of Division #2358 The Red Tide see the Utopian Playland as a place free of disease and sickness. Thusly, they gathered at Florida State University’s Langford green on November 11, 2010 for the second year in a row to participate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night Walk. This year, with the help of friends, family, and many soldiers, the group raised a grand $778.52 in donations. Unfortunately, due to a series of unfortunate events, five soldiers were sick for the walk and could not participate.

Captain Nurse Risa toughed out her sinus infection to lead the remaining soldiers on the two-mile walk with glowing red balloons and high-fundraiser shirts, accompanied by Ugly, a Dr. Steel flag, and a glorious Dr. Steel poster. The group marched along, singing Disney songs and Dr. Steel tunes loud and proud, being sure to flash their sign at every camera lens.

Though the event itself left a lot to be desired in comparison to last year’s, the soldiers stood strong, knowing that they participated not for games, glory, or goodies, but for the greater good of giving. The Toy Soldiers remain a notable competitor for top fundraising group at the event and do not intend to let this year’s disappointments deter them from participating in the future. They walked in remembrance of those lost, in dedication to those suffering, and in honor of those who survive. To learn more, please visit the Light the Night website.