Rock Chalk Lights Raise Money for Kids

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Christmas lights take on a different hue as crimson and blue light up Lawrence to a familiar tune.

"I knew the Rockchalk couldn't go away, but I wanted to do something a little bit different," said Zachary Stoltenberg, mastermind behind "Light Up Lawrence."

It's not deja vu. This is a bit different from last year's Rockchalk Christmas light display that gained world-wide fame.

Stoltenberg added strands with bulbs that change colors and a basketball going into the hoop.  He says it's his goal to add surprises every year.

"Kind of a disease.  It gets a hold of you and you get kind of addicted to it," Stoltenberg explains.

But Stoltenberg doesn't just do it to feed his addiction. The father of two does it for the kids whose faces light up.

"There's two kids hanging out, you know, wide-eyed staring at the lights when it's blistering cold with the sunroof open," Stoltenberg said.

But most of all, he does it for the kids who may spend Christmas in a less joyful place, the kids at St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Those who watch these flashing lights are asked to give a little green to help the childhood cancer fight. After seeing a Christmas show with a KU flair, perhaps the Christmas spirit of giving will fill the air.

Light up Lawrence hopes to raise $2,000 for St. Jude's.

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