Light the Night Walk Brings Out Hundreds

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The annual "Light the Night Walk" sponsored by Wheeling Hospital was held Wednesday. The walk helps raise funds and awareness for those lives touched by cancer. In the past, Wheeling's walk has helped raise almost $600,000 for cancer research.

People of all ages came out to support the cause. Several large groups wearing matching t-shirts could be spotted everywhere. Supporting loved ones that had passed away or people currently fighting.

Helen Ecker was with a group of work friends who were supporting co-workers and their families that have cancer.

There was also, a large group wearing "Ally Is Our Hero" shirts and orange ribbons. Ally passed away two weeks ago from leukemia.

Sue Lewis of Martins Ferry was walking as a survivor Wednesday night. She said it's a great feeling to have so much support.

"When you find out you have cancer, it's absolutely horrible, it's the depths and when you see things like this and you realize there are wonderful people in this world," said Lewis.

Nathan Nicholson walked for his childhood best friend Nick Edge. Edge passed away from leukemia as well. Nicholson said the walk isn't just for him, it's for cancer in general.

"Everybody deserves this that's had cancer and has passed away," said Nicholson.

Cancer patients and survivors carried white balloons while supporters carried red.

Of the seven Light the Night Walks in the Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia region, the Wheeling event is the largest in West Virginia.


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