15th Annual ‘Light the Night’ Walk Held at Heritage Port

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 The 15th annual ‘Light the Night Walk’ was held at Heritage Port in downtown Wheeling Thursday evening.  The walk is celebrate and commemorate lives touched by blood cancers.

Each year, teams of families, friends, co-workers, and survivors come together for this special event to show support of

leukemia and lymphoma cancer.  Thursday was no different,  despite the cold temperatures. 

To start the night, a memorial service was held with poems, prayers, and music from the Marshall County Strings followed by a balloon launch and ribbon tying ceremony to honor the loss of loved ones. 

For some, the pain hit close to home as they just said goodbye to a husband and a father this past Friday from Leukemia. 

“We wanted to get involved in the fundraising so that even though we lost that battle someone out there can have hope and a future,” said Karen Stacy.   Her family also lost a daughter and mother in 1994.

Meantime, it was a special place in one first time supporters heart as she walked on the 13th anniversary of her father’s death.

“My dad was my best friend and I miss him everyday and when he died he suffered. I now know that he is heaven, but I still grieve for him and I don’t believe that anyone should have to die this type of death and i hope and pray one day that someone will find a cure for cancer,” said Kim Pelley.

Before the walk began all the survivors became official heroes as they were given capes for fighting a tough battle.

One of those survivors said why he finds supporting these types of events so important. 

“Some people don’t have support and you never know what cancers like until you get it because you always hear about one of your friends having it but until you get it you dont know what you put the family through,” said Bill Cabright.

Wheeling Hospital was the title sponsor of the event, and this year they had close to 500 participants.

This year’s goal was to raise $100,000.  Unofficial totals before the walk even started had money raised in the above the $90,000 mark.

Stay with 7News as an official total is released.

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