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Lights go down on a Northeast Ohio popular holiday tradition

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Crown Level Parkway Pageant of Lights on hiatus this Christmas season.

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — A lot of vacation traditions have been scaled again or canceled this yr, together with one spectacular mild show that pulls large crowds and nationwide consideration. 

Michelle Anthony remembers the primary time she took her toddler, now sixteen, to see the Crown Level Parkway Pageant of Lights. 

“We’re identical to, ‘holy smokes. That is superb’. I had by no means seen something like that earlier than,” Anthony stated. She and her daughter made it a practice, going yearly for the previous twelve years.

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Some those that 3News’ Danielle Serino spoke with on Fb have been going 20 years or extra. All of them are disillusioned that the 30-year custom was canceled this yr, however are very grateful for the reminiscences, together with organizer Dan Hoag.

“I suppose you’d must be out right here to see the seems on the faces of all the kids and all of the folks to see all the enjoyment that it brings them. And fairly frankly, it is simply an honor,” he advised us.

Clearly, the pandemic performed a job on this choice. However a lesser-known cause…Dan’s latest battle with most cancers.

“My immune system is fairly nicely shot,” he stated. And I additionally had prostate surgical procedure two weeks in the past, so it has been fairly a attempting yr bodily to do it.”

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Satirically, Hoag and his neighbors additionally used the show to lift cash for native households battling most cancers and different diseases.

Fundraising organizer Religion Paliwoda described the way it began, “folks would drive by whereas we’re placing up the lights and wish to hand us cash out their automobile home windows. And we stated, ‘you understand, we have got to determine one thing to do with this cash’,” she defined.

Final yr, among the cash they raised went to the household of a three-year-old named Roman, identified with Leukemia.

However, simply because the lights are dimmed this yr, doesn’t suggest the hopes of sick youngsters are.

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The neighborhood arrange a GoFundMe web page this yr, to profit a five-month-old in want of a liver transplant in addition to a younger mother who simply had twins. 

“And when she had her twins, she discovered she had Thyroid Most cancers. And so, they’re preventing that. And half of the donations will go to her,” Religion advised us.

In spite of everything of these years bringing hope and pleasure to others, the group is coming collectively to return the favor. A drive-by by the neighborhood has been scheduled subsequent Friday evening, the place individuals are inspired to brighten their vehicles, roll down their home windows and blast 105.7 Cleveland’s Christmas Music Station. Displaying nothing can cease the vacation spirit.

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