Its lights on for holiday display and lights out for cancer

28 November 2012

Winnipeg, Manitoba -

What uses over 300 extension cords totalling over 2.5 kilometers in length, has 55,000 lights and is timed to coincide with holiday favourites on your car radio?  It’s Michael Geiger-Wolf’s house of course.

The Winnipegger who is battling cancer for a second time will fire up his one-of-a-kind holiday light display tonight – in a bid to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. The display is intended to get people in the holiday spirit and brighten up people’s lives while recognizing that cancer touches us all.

“During this holiday season, we need to think about those on a cancer journey,’’ says Geiger-Wolf. “We know that cancer touches virtually every Manitoba family and for me, this fight is personal.”

Cancer has claimed the lives of Geiger-Wolf’s father and father-in-law. In 2003 he was diagnosed with stage-four non-Hodgkin lymphoma and beat it thanks in part to a clinical trial. Last year, thanks to proper screening, Geiger-Wolf learned the cancer had returned but was still in the early stages.

“We found it early and I will beat it this time too,” he says. “I started my chemo and anti-body treatment in May 2012 and it seems to have gone well.”

As a volunteer board member with the Cancer Society, Geiger-Wolf decided that in the spirit of giving around the holidays, instead of just a light show he would call on visitors to make a donation to the fight against cancer when visiting his spectacular exhibit that includes lights, music and animation all connected with 300 feet of network cable so the lights are timed with a music track that you can tune in on your vehicle’s radio. The display has already raised about $12,500 through cash and on-line donations.

Media are invited to witness the plugging-in of the lights TODAY - Thursday, November 29 at 5:00p.m. at 18 Mildred Street.  Media are also encouraged to call Michael Geiger-Wolf at (204) 889-3827 to arrange an interview.  To see video of the display or to make a donation, visit Michael’s website at geiger-wolf.com.

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society fights cancer by doing everything we can to prevent cancer, save lives and support people living with cancer. Join the fight! Go to fightback.ca to find out how you can help. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Jason Permanand

Communications Manager

Canadian Cancer Society

Manitoba

Phone: 204-990-4310