Her design was selected from among submissions by 31 participants and will now become the official T-shirt of the 2013 Light The Night Walk. Every walker nationwide who raises at least $100 will receive the T-shirt.
Carly, who is a volunteer with LLS’s Arizona Chapter, was inspired by her aunt, Karen “Lola” Renne, who recently died after a battle with myeloma. Karen had a strong connection to LLS’s Orange County Inland Empire Chapter, and was a top Light The Night Walk fundraiser.
“I wanted to be able to create a T-shirt that was 100 percent inspired by my aunt,” Carly said. “It was important to me because these last five years Karen was so involved with LLS. She had big team that went to Light The Night every year, and this will be the first time she won’t be there, so my whole family decided they wanted to walk and pay tribute to her, and having the T-shirt in her honor will be a great opportunity to have her at every Light The Night Walk in spirit. “
Carly added that Karen was a big quilter so she wanted her design to resemble a patchwork quilt.
And Carly is not just a Light The Night Walk participant; she also trains and participates in Team In Training and is currently preparing to run the half marathon at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon on June 2.
The T-shirt contest took place during the months of March and April and Carly was announced the winner on May 1. The submissions were judged on their concept, originality and how well they captured the spirit of Light The Night Walk.
“Even after her passing, Aunt Karen continues to inspire me and fuels my passion for the LLS,” Carly said. “She has passed the fundraising torch on to me and I could not be more honored to continue in her footsteps. This will be the first Light the Night she will not attend and it will be an honor to know that in some way she is there with all of us.”
Carly Jarvis, T-Shirt contest winner, and her Aunt Karen Renne