'Prayers From Maria’ lights up Christmas spirit to pursue noble cause in Westlake

'Prayers From Maria’ lights up Christmas spirit to pursue noble cause in Westlake

WESTLAKE, OH (WOIO) - A local foundation known for its commitment to finding a cure for pediatric cancer is making Black Friday a night to remember.

'Prayers From Maria’ lights up Christmas spirit to pursue noble cause in Westlake

Prayers From Maria Foundation is known for its beautiful field of sunflowers in Avon, attracting thousands of people to pray, take pictures, and support an important cause.

It’s the season all young children and families live for. Sadly, 6-year-old, Maria McNamara was only able to enjoy a few. She lost her battle with cancer in 2007. Her family made it their mission to not let any family go through that pain.

This Friday was all about lighting up the night in Westlake and enjoying the holiday season, just like little Maria would’ve wanted.

This is the second annual “Light up” at John Domenick's Westlake home. His children go to school with the McNamara's. “What speaks more to the holidays than children and giving back to the community and so we're very proud to support this great foundation,” said Domenick.

Domenick is definitely committed. He has carolers, cookies, a big crowd and Santa.

Not to mention, a lot of prep work. He estimates 150-plus hours to make this scene look like a winter wonderland.

“We start at the end of October to get the lights on the trees and it kind of hides itself, and by mid to early November we put the stuff in the yard,” said Domenick.

Deb Durbin, VP of Development for the foundation, says it’s families like the Domenick’s who are helping them achieve their goal of raising millions for pediatric cancer research.

“We encourage you to enjoy this beautiful location at the holiday time and we hope you find it in your heart to donate to the cause,” said Durbin.

The lights will be on every night from about 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. until Dec. 30.

There is a donation box outside the Domenick home for anyone stopping by to enjoy the scene. The address is 1842 Bur Oak Drive, Westlake.

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