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Luminarias light memories of those lost

Monday, March 5, 2012

Statistically, at least one person knows a loved one who has died due to the hardships of cancer. Unfortunately, we tend to think of the bad memories at first. We remember the treatments, the sickness and watching our loved one deteriorate before our eyes. These images flash before our minds like a film strip gone wild in a projector. Yet, we cannot dwell on those memories. We need to remember the good times and the moments of pure happiness we had with these loved ones. We cannot dwell on the darkness of cancer; we need to shine a light -- bright and pure.

Relay For Life memorializes these loved ones, along with those who have survived, with a special Luminaria Ceremony during our event being held on Friday, May 11 at the Burl Fowler Football Field. As the sun sets over the campsites and darkness falls, the night is brightened by the glow of illuminated bags called luminaria, each bearing the name of someone who has battled cancer. Some celebrate cancer survivors, while others help us honor and remember those gone too soon. All represent someone special who has been profoundly affected by cancer and the family and friends who continue to fight back in their honor.

This ceremony can be the most emotional and the most moving for many participating. The public can purchase these lanterns for $5 each or a large wooden purple ribbon for $25 that will have their loved one's name on it. Also, if you purchase five luminarias, you will get the wooden ribbon as well. Luminarias can be purchased online on our webpage listed below or by contacting our lumniaria chair Michelle Crim at 417-669-7734 or adrenalineapparel@hotmail.com -- subject line "Relay."

The Relay For Life of Monett Committee also plans to sell these luminarias during Broadway Nights and at the entrances of participating businesses very soon. At our booth, you can decorate and personalize your luminaria before the big Relay For Life event. Details will be announced soon!

Information about how to become a sponsor, committee member or to form a team is available by contacting our event co-chairs: Helen Ruscha at 417-489-0099 or RelayHMR@suddenlink.net or Tracy Schallert at 417-827-9112 or tnt010@windstream.net. Team meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month at the United Methodist Church off Highway 37 at 5:30 p.m. Check out Monett's new and improved RFL page at www.relayforlife.org/monettmo. There you can connect with local Relayers, make online donations by using our secure web browser, register as a survivor or make your own team! Like us on Facebook under 2012 Relay For Life of Monett. New this year are text message alerts. Opt in by texting 4970 to 22723 and you will receive important reminders and updates prior to and during the relay event. For additional information about Relay and its affiliates, visit RelayForLife.org. For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit the website at cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer.

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