Special to Iredell Free News

To support those fighting, remember lives lost, and celebrate battles won, the Iredell Health Foundation is hosting its first annual Lights of Love, benefitting the Cancer Patient Support Fund for Iredell Health System.

This event is a free community gathering to honor a caregiver or a loved one.

“Lights of Love is a community-based event where individuals and families come together to celebrate and remember. Our hope is that this event serves as a guiding light of love, hope, and courage during this season of giving,” said Jen Balog, executive director of the Iredell Health Foundation.

Cancer has been the leading cause of death in Iredell County for over a decade. Proceeds from Lights of Love will assist anyone undergoing treatment and needing help with transportation, lodging, support group activities, and/or discretionary support.

There will be two Lights of Love events, one in Mooresville and one in Statesville.

Lights of Love in Mooresville

Lights of Love in Mooresville will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, at Iredell Mooresville, located at 653 Bluefield Road. The event will feature music, refreshments, Tree of Love lighting, pictures with Santa, and other children’s activities.

Lights of Love in Statesville

The event in Statesville will occur the following day on Thursday, December 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Iredell Memorial Hospital, located at 557 Brookdale Drive. Lights of Love in Statesville will feature music, refreshments, and the Tree of Love lighting.

Both programs will include a cancer survivor speaker and an honorary family that will “light-up” the Mooresville and Statesville campuses.


Several sponsorship opportunities are available. In addition, for just $20, you can be a “Light Sponsor” and purchase a symbolic light on the Tree of Love in memory of a loved one or in honor of a caregiver. These lights will remain lit throughout December, and names of the honored will be added to the “List of Love” for day-of events.

For further details about the event and sponsorship opportunities, please visit IredellLightsofLove.org, email foundation@iredellhealth.org, or call 704-878-7669.

About Iredell Health Foundation

The Iredell Health Foundation is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization responsible for philanthropy for Iredell Health System. It supports the system’s programs and services through donor-centered fundraising. The Foundation focuses on raising community awareness of specific programs that need funding and provides individuals and organizations hoping to make a difference and leave a legacy the opportunity to support local healthcare needs of their choice. To learn more, or to make a donation, visit www.iredellhealthfoundation.org or call 704-878-4547.

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