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Friends Created Inspiring Christmas Light Messages To Support Teacher with Breast Cancer

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Friendships grow more important with every passing year. Gone are the fair-weather relationships of our teen days.

As we age, we begin recognize the most special things in life. Love is no longer a word we use to describe our favorite movie.

Instead it becomes the single, life-giving thing we seek out daily. We soon learn the material things of this world don’t matter, as long as we have our loved ones close by our side.

This becomes especially true during the holiday season. All the gifts and glitz can’t fill us the way a deep conversation with a close friend can.

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Amanda Burnard of Theresa, New York, knows this better than anyone. When this mom and schoolteacher learned she had breast cancer, her friends and family banded together around her.

The diagnosis came in October 2018. “It was just shock,” Amanda’s close friend, Shelby Honeywell, told WWNYTV. “It’s something that you hear about… but it never had happened to anyone in our group.”

With the holidays coming, Amanda’s friends wanted to do something special. Something that would encourage their friend during her fight against cancer and bring her some joy during the season.

 

And this is how “Amanda’s Guiding Lights” came about. “I remember the first one that I actually saw,” Amanda shared with WWNYTV.

“It was one of my best friends Shannon’s and I drove by her house and I saw ‘faith’ and I thought, ‘Did she do that special for me?'”

She did, but Shannon wasn’t the only one writing out messages of encouragement using Christmas lights. Several others got on board as well.

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Soon the lit-up messages could be seen throughout her community. “I’ve been struggling for days with how I could possibly express how touched I continue to be by all of the love and support I feel,” Amanda wrote on Facebook. “If I could write thank you in the stars, I would!”

The light messages aren’t for local community members alone. Amanda’s friends have started a Facebook group in hopes to spread the joy even more.

If you’d like to create a message for Amanda with your lights this holiday season, you can snap a photo and post it to the group — Amanda’s Guiding Lights.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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