May 4: Relay For Life Ceremony

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A special Luminaria Ceremony to be held during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Cannon County will remember those lost to cancer and honor those who have survived. Luminaria will be lit at Dillon Park on May 4th at 9:00 pm to represent these individuals.

Anyone desiring to make a luminaria donation may do so by contacting Korie Aycock at 615.542.6970 or by visiting  Each luminaria candle is $10.00.

“Each luminaria represents the life of someone who has battled cancer. It is a beautiful sight when all the bags with candles are illuminated around the track,” said Korie, volunteer co-chair. “The Luminaria Ceremony is a moving way to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to pay tribute to cancer survivors.”

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay celebrates people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and provides participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Prior to the Luminaria Ceremony, the Survivors Lap will kick off the 2012, Relay For Life event in Cannon County  on May 4th at 6:00 PM as survivors will circle the track, surrounded by friends and family cheering them on.  The second lap will be lead by Cancer Caregivers and the Third lap will be our Parade of Teams.

Also a part of Cannon Relay For Life event is the “Fight Back” Ceremony, in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action (e.g., stop smoking, eat more healthily, exercise regularly, etc.) in fighting back.

Information about making a luminaria donation, forming a team or walking in the Survivors Lap is available by calling Korie Aycock at 615.542.6970 or Tammy Smith at 615.904.4498 or visiting

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