June 20, 2002

Luminary Ceremony To Honor Cancer Survivors

A special luminaria ceremony held during the American Cancer Society's Scotland County Relay For Life remembers those lost to cancer and honors those who have survived. Luminaria candles will be lit on June 21, at 9:00 p.m. to represent those individuals.

Anyone desiring to purchase a luminaria may do so by contacting Beverly Moore at 660-465-7077. Each Luminaria candle is $5.00.

"It will be beautiful when all the bags with candles are illuminated around the track," said Beverly Moore, Luminaria chair "We hope to sell enough to light the entire area."

Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event. Teams of eight to 12 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fund-raising walk in the nation. Relay For Life brings together friends, family, businesses, hospitals, schools, churches . . . people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer. For more information on the Scotland County Relay For Life call 800-684-2733.

Scotland County cancer survivors will kick of Relay For Life on June 21 at 6:00 p.m. with the first official lap; then the rest of the participants join the fun. Information about purchasing a luminaria, forming a team, or walking in the survivors' lap is available by calling 660-465-2253. For information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society's 24-hour help line at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit the web site www.cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

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