Published Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Lights For Linda: Neighbors create 'lighthouses' to help fund leukemia research

By JOHN A. WINTERS

john@newnan.com

The SummerGrove neighborhood “Lights for Linda” Christmas fundraiser raised more than $2,500 this past Christmas for leukemia research.

The endeavor was started by Nancy Sanker and friends to honor Sanker’s sister, Linda McGrenaghan, who lost a 19-year battle with leukemia. Last year, the fundraiser gave more than $2,400 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) to honor the sick and their caregivers.

“Generous individuals provided seed money for this project, thus enabling 100 percent of the $2,615 raised to be presented to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,” Sanker said.

The kits include eight luminary bags, eight long-burning candles, sand and instructions. Organizers asked for a suggested tax-deductible donation of $20 to the LLS. Each year, more and more residents in SummerGrove and elsewhere participate by lighting the luminaries on Christmas Eve.

“[The event] has become an annual opportunity for women to assemble the kits ... and for the men, ‘sandmen,’ to scoop a true ton of sand,” Sanker said. “For the first time, individuals were given the opportunity to serve as volunteer ‘lighthouses’ by posting signs in their yards the week before pickup. What a success - requests exceeded the number of signs! In exchange for being a lighthouse, a family could honor someone who has been a true light in their lives.”

“Many thanks to the dedicated and compassionate L4LL committee which includes Bev Adams, Melinda Barger, Phyllis Bass, Susan Boyd, Pat Darrow, Renda Getelman, Eve Long and Judy Sweeney,” she added. “Everyone connected with this project shared their time, talents and treasures to make it a success and underscore the spirit of the season.”

If you are interested in participating next year, send an email to lightsforlinda@gmail.com .

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