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Relay for Life event building momentum

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By The Staff

Corridor businesses Thursday got into the spirit of the fight against cancer as they decorated their store fronts with purple, greeted customers dressed in purple, and in many other ways helped to “paint the town purple.”

The spirit of the day is expected to move right into the upcoming American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life May 1 and 2 at West Port High School.

The Relay for Life is an all-night event used to remember, honor, and raise money for cancer victims.

The theme for this year is “Surfing for a Cure to Wipe Out Cancer.”

Those who have participated in one of the Relays find special meaning to spending an evening celebrating and remembering those who have survived or succumbed to cancer.

One of the outstanding moments at a Relay is when, shortly after dark, hundreds of luminarias are lit in the Ceremony of Hope. Each luminaria has a special meaning to the person who placed it there.

Some celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer and have lived to tell their stories. Many remember the lives of those who have been lost to this disease. All represent someone special who has been profoundly affected by cancer and the family and friends who continue to fight back in their honor. Luminarias are available for a donation of $5 to $10 each. A form may be found on page 23 of today’s Citizen.

Bags, with the name of the person being honored or remembered, will be placed along a pathway to memorialize or honor someone special and will remain lit throughout the evening as a reminder that Hope will light the way to a Cure for Cancer.

After the luminarias are lit, cancer survivors lead the way with a walk around the track, followed all during the night by teams who are walking to honor pledges of money to their effort.

Food and drinks will be available from the beginning of the Relay through the morning hours.

For more information about the event, call 629-4727.