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Release Date: August 22, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • NoraLeigh Yochum, daughter to Kyle and Lindsey Yochum, is the inspiration for the Aug. 25 NoraLeigh Memory March which will raise funds for bereavement boxes to comfort local families who lose children.

  • NoraLeigh Yochum’s siblings--BlakeLeigh, KenzLeigh and Kyle II--lounge in their family home. Parents Kyle and Lindsey Yochum attribute their strong family bonds with their all-too-short experience with daughter NoraLiegh.

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- The Yochum family and the Chickasaw Nation are helping raise funds to comfort families who have lost loved ones.

A memorial walk and balloon release 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 25, will be followed by an outdoor family movie showing 8:30 p.m. at the Chickasaw National Capitol grounds, 411 W. Ninth St.

Kyle and Lindsey Yochum, of Tishomingo, worked with the tribe to plan the 5th annual Memory March for NoraLeigh to celebrate their late daughter’s birthday.

All donations from the event will help fund the Yochum family’s creation of bereavement boxes in their daughter NoraLeigh’s memory, an effort they have continued since 2015.

“The short months Nora was with us, she touched the lives and hearts of so many,” Lindsey said. “She was always the center of attention wherever she went and could brighten anyone’s day.”

Bereavement boxes contain keepsakes like photographs and personal possessions, storing important memories safe and collected in one spot.

“Kyle and I have personalized the boxes with items that helped us when Nora passed away,” Lindsey said, adding there are boxes for boys and girls.

NoraLeigh bereavement boxes are available at Mercy Hospitals in Ada and Ardmore, where they are given to families who lose loved little ones.

Before the memory march, attendees will sing NoraLeigh happy birthday, release balloons and enjoy birthday cupcakes and hot dogs.

General donations will be accepted. A donation of at least $1 comes with a balloon to release during the event.

After the walk, complimentary popcorn, soft drinks and water will be served during the screening of the 2016 animated movie, “Finding Dory.” The outdoor movie will be open to the public at no charge.

In the film, a forgetful blue tang fish--voiced by Ellen DeGeneres-- searches for her long-lost parents. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

For more information regarding the outdoor movie, contact Regina Berna at 580-371-9835 or For more information about the Memory March for NoraLeigh, contact Lindsey Yochum, 580-677-1408.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016