Sidney Night of Hope supports local cancer patients

SIDNEY, NE — An annual event to help those who need it most.

Sidney’s Night of Hope Walk For Cancer Friday raising money for cancer patients and research. Organizers bring in money through raffles, a silent and live auction, dinner and selling luminaries.

Monday, Noel told News Channel Nebraska the event raised $35,673.50.

Night of Hope President Brenda Noel says keeping most of the funds local sets them apart.

"For most of the cancer walks, the money goes to a national level," Noel said. "This money stays in our communities, our little towns, to help support cancer patients that are going through chemo patients, radiation treatment or maybe even going into hospice care."

Whether family, friends, survivor or patient, hundreds turned out to support the fight against cancer.

"We feel truly blessed," Noel said. "Sidney has been through a lot of trying times in the past several years, but the community always comes out to support Night of Hope. We're grateful for everything they do for us, otherwise we wouldn't be here."

The night wrapped up with a reading of the luminaries and slideshow in honor of cancer patients, survivors and those the disease has taken from us.

Ninety percent of the money raised from the event will go to cancer patients and their families in Sidney and surrounding communities. The other 10 percent will be donated to the Eppley Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.