Lights of Hope set for Sept. 18 in Cody

Posted 9/7/21

Later this month, two Cody women will join with thousands of people around the country to honor and remember the many people touched by and lost to cancer.

Tina Hoebelheinrich and Michelle …

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Lights of Hope set for Sept. 18 in Cody

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Later this month, two Cody women will join with thousands of people around the country to honor and remember the many people touched by and lost to cancer.

Tina Hoebelheinrich and Michelle Hoebelheinrich Lemmon lost their sister, Nita, to pancreatic cancer in 2015. She was 49 years old.

“Nita was the best mom, daughter, wife, sister and friend and she was too young to lose her fight,” Tina Hoebelheinrich said.

Last year, Hoebelheinrich and Lemmon decided to join the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network as volunteers. And they’re participating in the Cancer Action Network’s Saturday, Sept. 18 Lights of Hope Across America event.

Across the country, more than 50,000 lit bags — decorated with the names of people who’ve fought cancer — will be displayed on front porches, backyards, and kitchen and tables to spread a message of hope. The event is also intended to “send a visible reminder to Congress that they need to make fighting cancer a legislative priority,” the Cancer Action Network says.

The Cody event is the only one of its kind in Wyoming. Last year, local bags were displayed at the Big Horn Basin Cancer Center, while Hoebelheinrich plans to display this year’s bags on the porch of the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce.

Anyone wanting to dedicate a $10 bag to be included in the local Lights of Hope event can visit action.fightcancer.org/goto/Team_Nita.

Hoebelheinrich said contributions to the Cancer Action Network “will help us honor those fighting cancer and remember those lost to the devastating disease — while supporting ongoing efforts to fight cancer in Wyoming.”

Because of the pandemic and cancer patients’ increased vulnerability to the virus, a national Lights of Hope ceremony is being held virtually, with a livestream starting at 2 p.m. on Sept. 18.

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