Light the Night Walk Comes to Redding
● By Kendra Kaiserman
Celebration, Remembrance and Hope
Story by Kendra Kaiseman
Photo by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The stars won’t be the only thing lighting up the night sky in Redding on Wednesday, Feb. 10.
The Light the Night Walk is an annual fundraiser that supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which funds blood cancer research, education and patient services. This is the first year the event will happen in Redding and it is all hosted by volunteer Kari Nunes.
Nunes participated in the event in the Bay Area for eight years. She was inspired by her Nana, Bette Jean Sisney, who fought cancer three times before losing the battle on Oct. 16, 2003.
When Nunes first heard about the Light the Night Walk on a local radio station in the Bay Area in 2007, she was ecstatic to find a way to keep her Nana’s memory alive.
“When I heard about Light the Night, I thought, ‘This is a great way for me to generate my energy to something positive, and just look on the bright side that I can help others in memory of my Nana,’” Nunes says. “I had never done any charity work prior to this, so this really opened my eyes to think, ‘I’m going to do this, I’m going to keep my Nana’s memory alive and I’m going to help others who are going through the same kind of ordeal.’”
She told the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society last year that she was interested in hosting her own event in Redding. “I really want Redding to experience what I’ve experienced,” she says.
After getting the event approved by the society and by the City of Redding, Nunes booked the venue at the Redding Civic Auditorium. It is on Sisney’s birthday, and festivities will begin at 5pm, including live music, fun for kids and more.
The 3-mile walk will begin at 7pm at the Civic Auditorium, continue on the Sacramento River Trail, turn up Hilltop Drive to Best Buy, loop back down to the River Trail at Dana and finish at the Civic Auditorium.
It is an all-levels walk that is accessible to patients, families and friends.
Walkers will carry colored illuminated lanterns: White for survivors, red for supporters and gold for those walking in memory of a loved one.
There are three ways to register for the walk. Walkers can raise funds and participate individually, join a team or form a team with friends, family and co-workers. There is not a minimum fundraising amount, but every walker who raises $100 or more becomes a Champion for Cures and will receive a lantern, T-shirt and dinner provided by Jersey Mike’s on the night of the walk.
To register, go to www.lightthenight.org. Sign-ups will also take place the day of the event, but lanterns, T-shirts and the meal are not guaranteed.
“I want a sea of lanterns on Hilltop…I want it to bring inspiration to other people and change their lives because ultimately, it has changed my life when I wasn’t looking for it,” says Nunes. “I couldn’t imagine my life without the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.”
Wednesday, Feb. 10; Event starts at 5pm, walk starts at 7pm
Redding Civic Auditorium, 700 Auditorium Drive
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