For many people who attend Relay For Life, one of the most moving parts of the event is the Ceremony of Hope. As the light dims over campsites and team members complete laps, the night is brightened by the glow of lighted bags called luminaria, each of which has a special meaning.
Some luminaria celebrate the survivorship of people who have battled cancer and lived to tell the tale. Many commemorate the lives of those who have been lost to this disease. All represent a person who has been profoundly affected by cancer and the family and friends who continue to be touched by that experience.
You too can help spread the light of hope and honor or remember those in your life who have been touched by this disease. Please light a candle in honor of or in memory of a friend or loved one who has had cancer. You can honor a cancer survivor by placing their name under “In Honor of” or you can remember someone who was lost to cancer by placing the name under “In Memory of.”
Each individual’s name will appear on a luminaria and each will be lit at the ceremony to shine as a beacon of hope for others. You also have the option to send an e-card to inform family members and friends of your special gift. Your contribution will help save lives, give hope and empower people through the American Cancer Society and its lifesaving mission.
This year we will be listing all of the names of the honorees on a memorial scroll during the luminaria ceremony. We will also be giving you the opportunity to add a picture to the honor scroll. There are two ways to purchase the luminaria for the Oakley Relay for Life. Come to one of our decorating nights to purchase and decorate your luminaria bag. We will be offering these nights every month through April at 7:15 at Gehringer Elementary School: March 8, April 12 and April 26.
You will also be able to purchase and decorate your luminaria at the Relay event on May 1 at Freedom High School. Thank you for participating in the Oakley Relay for Life and for your support.
Jody Hansen, Oakley