Light the Night walk will take place Sept. 25

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By Emeline Rodenas
erodenas@kpcmedia.com

KENDALLVILLE — Leukemia and lymphoma, beware!

The 2018 annual Northeast Indiana Light the Night Walk will take place Tuesday, Sept. 25, with participants taking to the streets of Kendallville to raise awareness and money to find a cure for leukemia and lymphoma.

The walk raises money for awareness, research, education and patient services provided by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

Event registration and family activities will start at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot at East Noble High School, with a short program at 7 p.m. and the walk following afterwards.

Every year, an Honored Hero is chosen to represent the area to be a source of inspiration in the fight against blood cancers. This year’s hero is Nancy Sible of Kendallville.

Sible was diagnosed with lymphoma in July 2017, but thanks to an aggressive treatment and deepened faith, is now cancer-free.

Sible had always been a supporter of the Northeast Indiana Light the Night Walk. In the beginning, she served as captain for her team, The Coffee Group, in support a coworker, LeAnn Conley (then Robinson), whose husband Lance was suffering from leukemia. Sible organized a team from KPC Media Group Inc., where she worked as human resources manager, to walk to raise money and the group grew over time.

“Over the years, our core group has added friends and family members, one of whom was Erica Dekko. Erica asked if any of us would like to join the fight with her against these blood diseases. That was the birth of The Coffee Group’s team. We have walked for several years as a team, once under Erica’s team of Lorene’s Lights, since then,” Sible said.

It wasn’t until July 2017, when Sible was diagnosed herself that it became personal. After two weeks of testing to determine what was causing bloating in her abdomen, Sible received a call from her doctor and was told she had an appointment in three days with an oncologist in Fort Wayne.

“Obviously, my being diagnosed with lymphoma last year has made our team’s dedication to this endeavor a little more personal. Their support was huge during the entire journey,” Sible said.

She adopted an aggressive treatment plan — a hospital stay for four 24-hour infusions to begin July 31, 2017.

Her fist hospital stay lasted six days and nursing staff worked with the doctor to do required follow-up injections at Parkview Noble, so Sible could be closer to home. Her six weeks of chemo treatment in the hospital ended the week before Thanksgiving, followed by 20 sessions of radiation, ending in early January 2018.

After he own battle with lymphoma, Sible now wants to try to beat last year’s Light the Night fundraising total.

Walkers from across northeast Indiana, including Noble, DeKalb, LaGrange, Steuben, Whitley, Allen and surrounding counties, are encouraged to preregister for the event at lightthenight.org/events/northeast-indiana.

For more information about the event, call or email Patti O’Neal at patti.oneal@lls.org or 877-422-8389 or visit facebook.com/LightTheNight.

“I want to encourage those suffering with cancer to fight with all they have,” she said.

Now that Sible is retired, she spends more time helping with her grandchildren Andrew McCormick, a freshman at Indiana State, and Abigail McLeod, a seventh-grader at the new East Noble Middle School. Her husband Tom hopes to retire in April. In her spare time, Sible volunteers at St. John Lutheran School, where she attended as a child.

Sponsors for this year’s walk include: Community State Bank, Parkview Noble Hospital, Campbell & Fetter Bank, Dekko Investment Services, AMI Investment Management, Shepherd’s Chevrolet Buick GMC, Black & Ramer Insurance, Kendallville Walmart, Max Platt Ford-Lincoln, KPC Media Group and Classic City Signs.

Walkers and team captains from across northeast Indiana, including Noble, DeKalb, LaGrange, Steuben, Whitley, Allen and surrounding counties, are encouraged to preregister for the event and fundraise at lightthenight.org/events/northeast-indiana. Links are available for those who wish to donate to an individual or team.

For more information about the event, call or email Patti O’Neal at patti.oneal@lls.org or 877-422-8389 or visit facebook.com/LightTheNight.