Walking For Awareness: Light the Night 2016


Citizens of Kendallville participating in the Light the Night walk.

Remy Fisher, Editor-in-Chief

This past Tuesday, September 27th, East Noble High School held a “Light the Night” walk to raise awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. What seemed like all of Kendallville came out and supported those who have been diagnosed and those who have passed away from leukemia and lymphoma. This year was the organization’s 20th anniversary, which made the night even more paramount.

The event began at 5:30 pm with fun activities, games, and music. One of the organizations included students enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at Impact Institute. They offered free, handmade chicken and rice bowls along with hot dogs.

The night continued with a special recognition speech from the Northeast Indiana advisor of the LLS, Patti O’Neal, awarding cancer survivors. The survivors ranged from young to older ages, which put the dangers of cancer into perspective. The Indiana advisor then read off a list of those who lost their lives fighting cancer, and reminded everyone of how important the walk really is. They were honored as participants held up red, white, and gold lanterns, which gave the effect of “lighting up the night.” EN senior Hannah Clifton closed the ceremony with the proud tune of the National Anthem before the walk officially started.

Walkers tied up their laces and were anxious to begin. The EN Marching Knights led the way on the 1.4-mile trek, which went up Lisle street, down Main street, and returned back to the High School.

Brynna Crow, a junior in marching band who participated in the walk, described the walk as a “fun time.” “Being in the band just makes [the experience] better,” Crow said with a smile on her face.

Participants included Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen Jordan Axel, and Miss Limberlost Teen Anna Wicker, both East Noble students. The two were accompanied by Miss Indiana, Brianna Decamp, who is an EN Alum and graduated in 2012.

Decamp explained how it felt to be back in her hometown. “I remember participating in Light the Night when I was younger, and I am happy to be back again this year… I take great pride in Kendallville and East Noble High School!”

The East Noble football team showed their support towards the end of the walk as well.

The annual Light the Night walk ended on a successful and inspiring note. A total of $24,796 was raised in one night.

Considering walking in the next “Light the Night” or donating to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society? Visit www.lightthenight.org for more information. Let’s keep raising awareness and remember those who bravely fought for their lives!