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This was at our Relay for Life this past weekend, it was our 3rd year participating in this life changing event.
Relay For Life’s slogan is “Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.” The Luminaria Ceremony is targeted towards the “Remember” section of the slogan. During this time, participants are asked to gather and remember those who have fallen victim to cancer, who are Survivors and those still fighting. Luminaria bags are often decorated by participants, honoring a loved one who has passed or is currently fighting the disease. These bags are placed around the track and candles inside the bags are lit prior to the start of the Luminaria Ceremony. Usually, the Luminaria bags are used to spell out words such as HOPE and CURE, and the words illuminate during the Ceremony. Some participants or guest speakers are invited to share their stories during this time, and each participant is given a candle to light in remembrance of a loved one. Following the Luminaria Ceremony, participants walk a lap around the track in silence to give respect to those who have fallen ill to this deadly disease or to those whose lives were lost. At some Relay events, pictures of cancer patients are shown and Amazing Grace is performed.
Also by Sarah Terokowskie
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