Love Lights A Tree

Celebrating 30 years, the Love Lights A Tree committee is selling lights to decorate its “Love Tree” and will take nominations for this year’s honorary chairperson. 

Love Lights A Tree will take place Dec. 1 in the Tennova Healthcare lobby at the hospital in Clarksville.

Love Lights a Tree, organized by a group of volunteers with the American Cancer Society, is a community event that supports the organization’s efforts toward a cure. The event honors those who are fighting cancer, as well as those who have died of cancer and caretakers for cancer patients. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s research and education efforts, as well as support for cancer patients. Last year, the event raised more than $10,000 and more than $300,000 since its inception.

“I look forward to this event every year,” said Wanda Burchett, founder of the event. “I am so grateful this event is still going on. It’s always been such a beautiful event to remember and honor our loved ones. It’s just a shame that here we are 30 years later, and we’re still battling this insidious disease.”

Nominations are underway for this year’s honorary chairperson. Each year, the committee selects an honoree from the nominees and recognizes him or her at the event. The person considered for the honor has had cancer or is currently in treatment for cancer. The nominee may be a child or an adult who is a resident of Montgomery County. The person will have inspired others by the dignity and fortitude with which the challenge of cancer treatment has been faced. The decision is based on the extent of the individual’s influence on others in the community.

Lights on sale in memory” or in honor of a loved one will decorate the tree. There are two donation levels, an individual light for $5 and a string of lights for $100. To buy lights or nominate an honorary chairperson, contact Judy Castleberry at castleberryj@gmail.com or 629-3954427.

Love Lights a Tree, sponsored by Tennova Healthcare, is free to the public and will take place in the facility’s front lobby. Light refreshments will be served, and entertainment will be provided. Local artist and committee co-chair Lynne Waters will sell 9-by-12 prints for $10. Ornaments and holiday cards will also be for sale with all proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. 

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research to free lodging near treatment, a 24-7-365 live helpline, free rides to treatment and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the society attacks cancer from every angle. For more information, including nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer survivors, visit cancer.org.

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