RFL Publicity Chairman
WATER VALLEY – As part of this year’s annual Yalobusha County’s Relay For Life, citizens will have the opportunity to remember loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer and to honor those loved ones who are now battling cancer or who have won their fight against cancer by purchasing luminarias, sky lanterns, or lamp post Signs in their name.
Each luminaria, sky lantern, and lamp post sign represents the love that families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers have for a survivor who is winning their battle against cancer, or for the memory of someone who lost their fight against cancer.
The luminarias will circle the walking track at Crawford Sports Complex where the event will be held on Friday, May 2. At 9 p.m. a special Luminaria Lighting Ceremony will begin. All activities will cease, and the lights will be turned off, and then each of the luminarias that surround the track will be lit. In the silence and darkness a prayer will be spoken for the cancer survivors and their families, and for the families and friends of those who have lost their battle with this terrible disease.
During this time the name on each luminaria will be read, and the luminarias will remain lit throughout the remainder of the event to light the walker’s path.
Each luminaria that glows brightly around the track will represent the love and hope of hundreds of family members and friends. They are a reminder to everyone of the fact that cancer never sleeps and the importance of the fight to find a cure. At this time the sky lanterns will be lit by those who have purchased them or a member of the RFL committee and these will be launched into the night sky as a tribute in honor or memory of the cancer patient. Signs at each lamp post around the walking track will display the name in honor or memory of the cancer patient it was purchased for so that walkers can see each one.
Luminarias, sky lanterns, and lamp post signs can be purchased at Mechanics Bank this Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. They can also be purchased from any Relay For Life team member or any committee member. Luminarias can be purchased for a $10 donation to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Yalobusha County, a sky lantern for $50, and a lamp post sign for $50.
The deadline for purchasing a lamp post sign is April 25. Luminarias and sky lanterns can be purchased up until the Relay. Please show your support in the fight against cancer, as well as honoring a cancer patient, by purchasing one or more of these today.