Beach teen uses Christmas lights to help children battling cancer

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Kellam High School student is turning dark nights into bright sights for children battling cancer.

Noah Bilger has been busy in Santa’s workshop — or really, his parents front yard in Virginia Beach. He has spent 400 hours programming and putting up more than 8,000 lights. The lights play to the beats of various Christmas tunes.

The entire Christmas show is about 20 minutes long and those who are in cars can listen to the radio station programmed to the light show.

“We have a donation box for Saint Jude,” said Bilger. “People drive by and stick a donation in the top and there’s information sheets in the front that tell more of the back-story about the lights.”

He’s asking those who come by to donate to Saint Jude Hospital – for children spending the holiday season in the hospital fighting cancer.

Hyaitt Duffey decided to check out the light display after doing a simple “Christmas Lights” search in Google.

“I’m sure the program ain’t easy, but more power to him, because we need more people like this in the world,” said Duffey.

Bilger says it takes a lot of time and he has been planning for about a year.

“There are two control boxes that run the show through a computer and each different thing that can turn on and off has to be turned off from a separate plug, so the computer can work with the music,” said Bilger. “This was my way of connecting my love for music with lights.”

Bilger is a drum major who meticulously set up each flashing light. He says that’s his passion.

Even if the children in the hospital this Christmas can’t see the display for themselves, Bilger is hoping to send them a different type of gift.

“I have no intention of stopping.”

So far, Bilger has raised $200 and he has a goal of $750 by New Years Eve.

The Bilger Christmas show will be up until New Year’s Eve. The hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every weeknight and until 10:30 p.m. on the weekends. The light show is located at 2221 Mansion Cross Lane, Virginia Beach.

On December 23, Bilger will be hosting a special night with free hot chocolate. He’s encouraging neighbors to come out and support his desire to donate to children.