Cherokee -- 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 August 5th at dusk 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.relayforlife.org/cherokeecountyia. Each luminaria candle is a $10 donation.
"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 track," said Myla Stoneking, 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 , Relay For Life of Cherokee County on August 5th at 7:00 as survivors will circle the track, surrounded by friends and family cheering them on. Anyone interested in participating in the survivor lap can contact Veldene Lindell at 225-3766
Information about making a luminaria donation, forming a team or walking in the Survivors Lap is available by calling 229-5394, or visiting RelayForLife.org.