St. Bernards ‘lights up a life’ for cancer patients

St. Bernards ‘lights up a life’ for cancer patients

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The 22nd annual Light Up A Life ceremony was held in Jonesboro Tuesday by St. Bernards Healthcare.

A Christmas tree was lit up with ornaments sponsored by the community, with the goal to make a difference in the life of cancer patients.

“These donations, many are made as a memorial for a loved one, [or] a family member who has passed,” Diana Zachary, President of St. Bernards Auxiliary said.

For Diana, Light Up a Life is a special night. She volunteers on the radiation floor at the cancer treatment center. She sees the struggle these patients go through daily.

“Most radiation patients have to come every day of the week,” Zachary said. “This is a hardship for many.”

Enter Light Up A Life and the St. Bernards’ Cancer Support fund, where these donations help patients take some weight off their shoulders by providing necessities, including lodging, three meals a day, and transportation to and from the center all for a price of just $5 a day.

Diana, a longtime teacher, said seeing the hope these patients have is inspiring to her.

“The fact is, I think they give much more to me than I do to them,” she said. “When you see the patient find out about something like this, it’s just one more burden taken off their shoulders and their gratitude is just beautiful to see.”

Even though the Light Up A Life ceremony has ended, you can still contribute!

Donations can be made on the St. Bernards website. Names of honorees will be displayed by the Auxiliary on the Christmas tree in the Entry Level of the St. Bernards Tower.

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