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Dashin’ thru the Lights for a good cause

Yardley’s Shady Brook Farm ushers in holiday season with annual jaunt

CHRIS RUVO



Luke Tynan with his family. Tynan, who was paralyzed over the summer, will benefit from Dashin’ thru the Lights on Nov. 17.

The spirit of the holiday season will bound in every step runners, walkers and joggers take during the Dashin’ thru the Lights family fun run at Shady Brook Farm.

Held the evening of Nov. 17, the two-mile-long jaunt kicks off the holiday light show season at Shady Brook, a 100-plus-year-old family agricultural enterprise run by a fourth generation of farmers.

While the run is filled with magic thanks to the elaborate holiday light displays that participants foot their way past, what really kindles a Christmas hearth fire in the soul is the fact that the event benefits a worthy cause.

This year, proceeds from Dashin’ thru the Lights will benefit the Luke Tynan Medical Fund. The young man from Langhorne Borough was paralyzed in an accident over the summer.

Before the injury, Tynan was an active athlete and Boy Scout. An Eagle Scout who received the American Legion Award for courage, honor, leadership and patriotism, the 2016 Neshaminy High School graduate was a member of his school’s track and field team, among other athletic pursuits. Post-graduation, Tynan was carving out a career with the Glaziers Local Union 252.

While the accident has changed the course of Tynan’s life, he is committed to approaching the new challenges he faces with the same passion, tenacity and competitive spirit that he brought to all previous pursuits.

Proceeds from Dashin’ thru the Lights will help Tynan do just that, aiding with payments for therapies, equipment and other things insurance typically does not cover, said his mother, Lori Tynan.

“What Shady Brook is doing for our family is just unbelievable and overwhelming — so gracious and generous,” Lori Tynan said of the Dashin’ thru the Lights event. “We just want to sincerely thank them and everyone who comes out to participate in this.”

Becki Fleming, a marketing coordinator at Shady Brook, said lending support to the Tynan family carries on a tradition of using proceeds from the annual kick-off event to benefit locals.

“We’re very fortunate to have a successful business that is supported by the community so it is only natural to give back to the community, especially to good people who have a need,” said Fleming. “Dashin’ thru the Lights is a fun way for people to have a good time and contribute to that giving back.”

Eve Moody, Shady Brook’s special events manager/director of fun, said that upwards of 2,500 people are expected to participate in Dashin’ thru the Lights.

They’ll weave through the farm over a two-mile stretch that will take them past several hundred light displays that illuminate the night with a whimsical glow. On display will be everything from traditional holiday scenes – think Santa’s sleigh taking flight – to a fire-breathing dragon, Cinderella’s castle and the seven wonders of the world, Moody said.

“Going through on foot is a great way to take it in,” said Moody. “It’s a unique way to open up the holiday light show season. Once you go through, you’ll want to come back every year. And of course, it’s for a good cause.”

The night’s festivities will include the annual lighting of the Tree of Hope. The tree was originally erected, in part, as a symbolic show of hope and persistence following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Its meaning continues to ring true today.

“It signifies hope for a better future,” said Moody. “The lighting of it, along with Dashin’ thru the Lights, is the gateway to all our holiday events here at Shady Brook.”

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