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Ceremony To Honor Cancer Survivors And Remember Those Who Lost The Battle

By Staff | Jul 29, 2008

A special Luminaria Ceremony will be a part of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life that will be held in Emmetsburg on Saturday, Aug. 9. Luminarias will be lit at 9 p.m. to represent the individuals who have survived cancer and remembers those who lost the fight to cancer.

It will be beautiful when all the bags with candles are illuminated around the track at the Courthouse Square. Anyone desiring to create a luminaria may do so by contacting Jane Brown or Cheryl Harris. Each luminaria is available with a donation.

Relay For Life is a fun-filled day. Teams of eight to 15 members gather from 12 noon to 10 p.m. to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, churches – people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of eliminating cancer. Even if you are not on a team, you are encouraged to come out and participate, take a few laps, win door prizes, play games and help the fight against cancer.

Some of the entertainment that will be featured for the day are singing, dance routines, skits and more. Come out and enjoy the talent of these young kids as well as supporting Relay For Life.

Palo Alto County cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) will be honored at the Relay For Life on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 12:30 p.m. with the official Survivors Lap.

Relay For Life supports the society’s cancer services like the Patient Navigator program, which offers free, confidential assistance to cancer patients and those who care for them.

Patient Navigators provide a link between cancer patients and those who care for them. Patient Navigators provide a link between cancer patients and community resources such as transportation, lodging or specific cancer information. Dollars raised from Relay For Life also support early detection and cancer prevention education, and valuable research grants awarded to cancer researchers nationwide and right here in Iowa.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the society has 13 regional divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States.

Mark Saturday, Aug. 9, on your calendars and come enjoy Relay For Life.