August 14, 2008

Luminaria Ceremony Will Honor Cancer Survivors

A special Luminaria ceremony will be held on the Memphis city square on August 20, 2008 to honor cancer survivors and to remember those we have lost.

Due to the weather interfering with the 2008 Scotland County Relay For Life event on June 27, the fundraiser was moved indoors at the Scotland County Rec Plex, preventing the traditional candle lighting portion of the relay.

“We still wanted to have a ceremony so those who purchased a Luminaria or had one purchased for them could come and either light them or see them lit up on the square,” said local chairperson Beverly Moore.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Scotland County remembers those lost to cancer and honors those who have survived. The Luminaria candle lighting represents these individuals. This year’s ceremony will be lit beginning at 9:00 p.m. on the town square in Memphis Missouri.

“It will be beautiful when all the bags with candles are illuminated,” said Moore.

Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event. Teams of eight to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. Relay For Life unites friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and churches ... people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer.

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