Principal Tenreiro challenges CHS community to 'Light the Night Walk'

Principal Tenreiro challenges CHS community to 'Light the Night Walk'

CUMBERLAND - Just months after the community rallied to support the family of Aydan Nyberg, Cumberland High School Principal Alan Tenreiro is challenging students and families to join the "Light the Night Walk" fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Sept. 28.

He's calling for a Cumberland team to not only walk, but to raise $25,000 in donations.

The principal described this event, in Cranston, and others that night in other states, "the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lost."

He said in a statement, "Walk night is a family-oriented evening in which participants carry illuminated balloons, raise awareness of blood cancers and come together as a caring community."

Every walker who raises $100 or more will be a Champion for Cures and will be recognized with a Light the Night T-shirt, an illuminated Light the Night balloon, and wristband that entitles the wearer to an array of food and refreshments.

Tenreiro told The Breeze, "As a school community, we have many reasons including the teachers, students and families that have lost loved ones or battled cancer."

Those include Robert VanWinter, a Cumberland man who survived leukemia as an adult.

Tenreiro noted that a senior's father died of the disease just prior to graduation last year.

And he said, too, that his own grandfather died of leukemia.

To register, go to this website:, find the Sept. 28 Cranston event, and the Cumberland High School team.