Ceremony to honor cancer survivors, victims

From Press Reports

A special Luminaria Ceremony held during the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Webster County remembers those lost to cancer and honors those who have survived. Luminaries will be lit at the NMMC-Eupora Hospital walking track on April 27 at 9 p.m. to represent these individuals. Anyone desiring to make a luminaria donation may do so by contacting Frances Hyde at 258-8428 or 552-0705. Each luminaria candle is $10. Luminaries (with the name on them) will line the walking track the night of Relay for Life. During the event, all participants will share in the Special Luminaria Ceremony where candles will be lit and names will be called for those for whom luminaries have been purchased. Hyde, Susan Edwards and Cindy Holder are volunteer luminaria co-chair. “It is beautiful when all the bags with candles are illustrated around the track,” said Edwards. Holder adds, “The Luminaria Ceremony is such a moving way to remember our loved ones lost to cancer.” Relay for Life is a fun-filled, night event. Webster County has 14 teams all with one goal — The Elimination of Cancer. Members of these teams will participate in the largest fundraising event in the nation to celebrate the lives of those who have had cancer, remember those lost and fight back against a disease that takes too much. Relay for Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, churches … people from all walks of life. People of all ages are encouraged to attend the fun-filled night to help in the fight against cancer. Webster County’s cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) will kick off the Relay for Life on April 27 at 6 p.m. with the official Survivors Lap; then the rest of the participants will join the fun. “It’s important for caner survivors to join in this special celebration. It gives encouragement and support to other people who have cancer and to their families. It lets them know they are not alone in the fight against cancer and gives them HOPE,” Hyde stated. Forms to make a donation for a luminaria may be obtained by contacting Hyde, Edwards or Holder. Join people throughout Webster County and the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer.