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Relay candles celebrate hope

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By The Staff

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a celebration of survivorship and remembrance that raises funds for and awareness of the fight against cancer. The Luminaria Ceremony is the soul of Relay for Life.
After sunset at each of the more than 3,000 Relay for Life events held nationwide, luminaria candles are lit and left glowing throughout the night to remind everyone of the incredible importance of their contributions. The candles bear the names of those who have battled cancer.
This ceremony of light symbolizes the hope and courage with which we continue to work toward a cancer-free tomorrow.
Hundreds of lights of hope will illuminate the walking path at the American Legion City Park on Friday in honor of loved ones and friends who have fought cancer and in memory of those who have lost their lives to the disease. Relay begins at 6 p.m., and a special luminaria recognition ceremony will be held after dark at approximately 10:30 p.m.  
“Please join us on June 17 to light up the track in tribute to all cancer fighters past, present and future. It’s a very moving reminder of the impact cancer has on everyone,” organizers said.
You can purchase luminarias to honor your friends and loved ones for a minimum donation of $5 each. Pre-order using the form below or buy them at Relay. Proceeds from luminaria donations benefit the American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy and patient services.