Greta was already a hero…but recognition never hurt.

Ed Brayton announces some awesome news: last year atheists broke a bunch of fundraising records for the Light the Night fundraiser.

Foundation Beyond Belief announced this morning that its Light The Night Walk Team raised $430,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society last year, the largest amount ever raised by a first year non-corporate team and the 4th largest amount raised by any team in the nation in 2012, including corporate teams.

This record-breaking total was made possible by the tremendous commitment of 150 local teams, more than any other organization, made up of thousands of humanists all over the United States and Canada, and by a pledge from the Stiefel family to match the total raised by the FBB teams.

Look, we don’t mean to brag, but…

…actually, we mean to brag.  That’s freaking spectacular.

But there’s more.  Every year they try to honor a hero who has battled cancer.  Last year it was Christopher Hitchens.  This year it is perhaps the only other atheist writer in his league, Greta Christina, who survived a bout with cancer last year.  Big congrats to Greta and to Foundation Beyond Belief!

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.