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Luminaria ceremony during Festival of Hope to honor cancer fighters, survivors, victims

(Submitted) During this year’s American Cancer Society Festival of Hope event in Anderson County, participants will have the chance to remember loved ones and honor those battling cancer with a special luminaria ceremony. This moving ceremony will be held at 9:00 PM on Friday evening, June 15th at Melton Lake Park in Oak Ridge as hundreds of these beacons of hope are illuminated.  Each luminaria represents the love that families and friends have for a survivor who has won the battle against cancer, for the memory of someone who lost the fight or as a symbol of hope for those who are currently battling cancer.

The luminaria ceremony symbolizes the hope and courage with which we continue to work toward a cure for this deadly disease.  After sunset at each of the more than 6,100 Relay For Life or Festival of Hope events nationwide, luminaria decorated with the names of those who have battled cancer are lit and left glowing throughout the night to remind everyone of the incredible importance of their contributions.

Luminaria can be purchased for a minimum donation of $5.00.  Forms are available from any team participating in Relay For Life.  Several area business and church teams will have forms available, including Clinton Physical Therapy Center, Powell Clinch Utility, Oak Valley Baptist Church, St. Mark United Methodist Church in Clinton, Professional Case Management and Oak Ridge Veterinary.  Luminarias can also be purchased the day of the event or on-line at www.relayforlife.org/anderson.  For further information, please contact Kelly Lenz at 457-1649 or cptcklenz@aol.com

For more information about Relay For Life or cancer, please contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or www.cancer.org.  Or visit the Relay For Life website at www.relayforlife.org/anderson.  The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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