Next month I am walking for my company's American Cancer Society Relay for Life team. From their website:
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.One of the most touching and emotional part of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony.
As the sun sets over 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.
I have a luminaria for my father who died of brain cancer in 2005 and plan to walk the luminaria lap. Since this event is 18 hours long, I also signed up to walk for two hours in the middle of the night.
If you'd like to donate, please visit my Relay for Life page. You can also honor or remember someone with a luminaria during the Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony. No donation is too small, please help. Thank you!