Kenney To Host Wine And Design Benefit

August 23, 2018
By: Julie Poucher Harbin, Writer, DCI

Nicole Kenney, BSN, RN, OCN, CNIII, at the 2017 Light the Night Walk, holds a gold lantern in honor of her mother Noreen's memory.Radiation oncology nurse Nicole Kenney, BSN, RN, OCN, CNIII, and Team Noreen have stepped up their fundraising campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual Light The Night Walk with a benefit at Wine and Design Durham and two restaurant fundraisers. Proceeds from the fundraisers will be credited to Team Noreen and Duke Radiation Oncology and support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Guests are invited to “unleash their inner artist" at the Wine and Design benefit, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m.

“It’s the perfect pairing – painting and wine,” quipped Kenney. “We will be guided with step-by-step instructions and will be creating a beautiful autumn bench painting. Supplies are included; experience isn’t necessary.”

Wine and Design Durham is located at 4810 Hope Valley Road, STE 109, in Durham, North Carolina. Guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages and snacks. There is a $45 registration fee. To register, visit Wine and Design. [Private Event Code: noreen (case sensitive)] Download flyer.

Kenney has also arranged two separate restaurant fundraisers; at Panda Express and Chipotle. On Wednesday, August 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Panda Express at Duke South Food Court will donate 20 percent of the proceeds od in-person and online sales to Team Noreen when the printed or smartphone copy of the flyer is shown (for in-person sales) or when the online code from the flyer is used (for online sales). Catering and take-out orders are included. Download Panda Express flyer. On Tuesday, September 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., the Chipotle at 2608 Erwin Rd. in Durham will donate 33 percent of the proceeds of in-person sales (except alchohol, giftcards, or catering) to Team Noreen, if the printed or smartphone copy of the flyer is shown or if LLS and Team Noreen is mentioned. Download Chipotle flyer.

Kenney has been stepping out for the Light The Night Walk since 2010 when her mother, Noreen, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Acute myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts (types of white blood cells), eventually claimed Noreen's life, but since that time Kenney has fallen headlong into the fight to help fund a cure.

“This cause has become a passion,” said the New Hampshire native. “Each year we raise more than the previous year.”

According to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, approximately every three minutes one person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer. An estimated combined total of 174,250 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2018, and new cases of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma are expected to account for 10 percent of the estimated 1,735,350 new cancer cases diagnosed.

More than 5,000 people step out each year for the Triangle Light The Night Walk. This year’s walk will be held on Nov. 3 at Koka Booth Ampitheatre in Cary, North Carolina. Faculty, staff, patients and caregivers are cordially invited to join Team Noreen, captained by Nicole Kenney; Team Duke Cancer Center Durham, captained by Danielle Brander, MD; or Team Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, captained by leukemia survivor David Zaas, MD, and Aimee Zaas, MD. For a third year, Duke Cancer Institute will sponsor a Glam Station featuring spa-inspired activities hosted by Duke Cancer Institute's Patient Support Program. Highlights include complimentary makeup and salon services, scarf tying, wig fitting and face painting for kids. The Glam Station will also feature a photo booth.