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Relay For Life ceremony to honor cancer survivors

Friday, July 30, 2010

Remembering those lost is at the heart of the event

A special Luminaria Ceremony to be held during the American Cancer Society Relay For LifeŽ of Cherokee County will remember those lost to cancer and honor those who have survived. Luminaria will be lit at Spring Lake Park on Aug. 6 at to represent these individuals.

Anyone desiring to make a luminaria donation may do so by contacting Myla Stoneking at 229-5394 or by visiting www.main.acsevents.org. Each luminaria candle is $10.

"Each luminaria represents the life of someone who has battled cancer. It is a beautiful sight when all the bags with candles are illuminated around the park," said Stonking, volunteer luminaria chair. "The Luminaria Ceremony is a moving way to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to pay tribute to cancer survivors."

Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life - all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease. Relay For Life events are held as individuals and teams gather at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their Relay.

Prior to the Luminaria Ceremony, the Survivors Lap will kick off the 14th, Relay For Life of Cherokee County on Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. as survivors will circle the park, surrounded by friends and family cheering them on.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. They save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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