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Couple gets engaged at Candy Cane Lane

Posted: 10:26 PM, Nov 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-29 23:26:57-05

WEST ALLIS — Family after family adored the gleaming display of Christmas lights at Candy Cane Lane's opening night, but one couple stole the show and the hearts of everyone there.

For Kayla Bell, her yearly trip to the display got a little more interesting when her boyfriend, Ryzek Ali, got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.

Surprised and surrounded by their family and bright holiday lights, Kayla said yes.

"Our first date was in Candy Cane Lane, so I'm really excited. It's where I wanted it to be, so this is perfect," said Kayla.

"I'm very very happy. We've been planning this for over a month, and it's everything we planned it to be. So everything went perfect tonight," said Ryzek.

This was more than a picture-perfect proposal.

For more than 30 years, Candy Cane Lane has raised money for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund, or MACC Fund.

Growing up, Kayla's family made it a tradition to come out in honor of her Uncle Brian.

He died in 1979 after he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. He was just 6 years old.

On Friday night, Dan Bell was full of emotions. He is Brian's father and Kayla's grandfather.

"You're happy and you're excited and at the same time all the emotion through all of these years come flowing through," said Dan.

Nearly 5 years ago, Ryzek joined the Bell family tradition.

This year, it looks like he'll be joining the family.

"We're very excited for the two of them I know they're gonna have a great life together," said Dan.

Candy Cane Lane is open through December 28th. The display stretches from 96th to 92nd Street then between Montana Avenue and Oklahoma Avenue. This year the neighborhood's fundraising goal is $100,000.