WEST ALLIS — Neighbors on Candy Cane Lane wanted to go bigger than ever before decorating their homes from top to bottom with lights and holiday displays, to continue their fight against childhood cancer. And on their very last night, neighbors say the money they’ll be able to donate to the MACC Fund this year, is more than they could’ve ever imagined.
"It has just been incredible that we raised this amount of money," said Colleen Moran, development officer for the MACC Fund.
As Candy Candy Lane hosted its final night for families to come out to see some dazzling holiday displays, those involved in the month-long campaign have been blown away by the community’s support.
"I guess we don’t always realize how far this has expanded, and beyond the immediate area. So we’re most thankful for that," said neighborhood participant Pat Wolfe.
Neighbors on Candy Cane Lane look forward to the fundraiser each year. Some even going as far as to decorate weeks in advance.
"We start on the second weekend in November. My family comes over on either that Saturday, Sunday and they start at 10 o’clock in the morning until we’re done putting everything up," said Wolfe.
Their homes wired with so many lights, they’ve started to lose track.
"Oh, I don’t know, a couple hundred thousand maybe, it’s hard to count," said another Candy Cane Lane participant, Ken Perkl.
In a year that has been full of challenges and uncertainty, those involved with Candy Cane Lane never expected that they’d be breaking fundraising records left and right.
"I actually thought two weeks before we met that we wouldn’t even do this, this year. That we wouldn’t be able to pull it off. For us to have like almost twice as much what we’ve had of our most record, it’s just phenomenal," said Perkl.
And as this years fundraising effort comes to a close, MACC Fund officials say they’re grateful for every donation they’ve received to help continue the fight against childhood cancer.
"It is such an incredible way to end 2020 on such a high note you know," said Moran.
If you weren’t able to make it out this year to Candy Cane Lane but still would like to contribute, you can donate to the MACC Fund by clicking here.