Help Light the Night on September 15

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PICTOU — Organizers hope the Light the Night walk in September will be the first of many in Pictou.

Sharon Stewart, who co-owns Sharon’s Place Family Restaurant, and other family members and friends are helping to inaugurate the walk in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC).

The walk is scheduled to take place on September 15. It is in honour of Stewart’s brother Paul Rudolph, who passed away after two and a half years suffering from the disease, as well as others impacted by blood cancers.

“We’re doing this for anyone who has cancer,” she said. “We’re going to do it this year and see how it works out.”

Organizers are encouraging groups and individuals to form teams to take part in the walk and raise funds for the LLSC and take this first step to celebrate and honour cancer survivors.

The plan is to conduct registration at 6 p.m. on September 15, with entertainment provided by the Kitchen Criminals, and begin the estimated 40-minute walk at about 7:30 p.m. People will be able to walk together and light lanterns that will be visible as people proceed from the deCoste Centre along the Jitney Trail, depart at the Maritime Odd Fellows Home and return to the centre by way of Haliburton Road and Water Street.

The LLSC is a voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancers. It provides free information and support service to patients and caregivers. The mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

“They asked us if we would host the first annual Light the Night here,” said Stewart, who has attended Light the Night events in Halifax.

Lanterns people carry are of different colours to distinguish those who have been cured or are in remission.

“There’s so much improvement — people getting treated and getting cured.”

Stewart referred to the events Pictou County groups and individuals already support as a way to support the Light the Night walk and address blood cancers.

“This is for everyone in the community and as a way to honour my brother — he died five years ago this year,” she said. “We hope people get teams together, fund raise and take part. We hope we can get a cure for this.”

Contacts are Stewart at 902-485-8532, Donna Murray at 902-485-1823 and Joanne Turple at 902-485-6901.

A yard sale and bake sale have also been scheduled for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the restaurant and across the street from it.

“Pictou County’s legendary generosity will ensure we see a day when no one will lose life to one of these terrible illnesses ever again,” she said. “We are taking steps toward cures.”

Sharon’s Place server Shelley Foley, left, holds a bird house dedicated to Paul Rudolph, while co-worker Joanne Turple holds a program for the Light the Night Community Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. (Goodwin photo)