The luminaria Ceremony is the soul of each Relay For Life.
At 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, at the Julius E. Sprauve School ball field, the community will quietly remember those whose lives have been touched by cancer.
Candles in white tribute bags will line the track, each bearing the name of a loved one. In the soft glow of the candles, each participant reflects on the courage and strength of all who are affected by cancer.
A donation of $5 will ensure a light in honor of a loved one. Remember a loved one lost, and honor the survivors.
For many people who attend Relay For Life, one of the most moving parts of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony. As the lights dim over the field 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.
Please light a candle in support of or in memory of a friend or loved one who has had cancer. Contributions will help save lives, give hope and empower people through the American Cancer Society and its life-saving mission.
Luminaria bags will be available for a donation of $5 most Saturday and Sunday mornings at The Marketplace and at the Cruz Bay U.S. Post Office on January 1 and 21, and February 4. Just look for the Relay For Life sign.
Or make a $5 donation for a Luminaria at the St. John Community Foundation Office on the third floor of The Marketplace or by calling Karen Radtke at 779-4419. Luminarias are also available on the website at www.stjohnrelayforlife.org.