Lighting a path in the battle against cancer: Luminaria forms are available now

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 3, 2007

Special to The Journal

Luminarias are an elegant Southern tradition.

They are a simple way to light a path using nothing more than a paper sack, sand and a candle.

However, during Relay For Life, these simple items represent something special.

They represent those who are fighting cancer, those who have survived cancer, and those who have lost their battle with cancer.

Each bag represents a unique story of joy, hope and loss.

On Friday, April 27, residents of Crenshaw County will come together at the E. L. Turner park to honor those in the community whose lives have been affected by cancer.

Just after dark, each team will help light the candles in preparation for the luminaria ceremony.

This ceremony is the most inspirational part of

Relay For Life.

After the stadium lights are turned out, everyone gathers around the track to hear the names of their friends and loved ones being called out.

It is a small way to assure that the lives lost are not forgotten in the community and that the struggles of those undergoing treatment

are recognized and honored.

It also gives hope to everyone to hear the names of all the survivors; it lets us know that a cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence.

After the ceremony, the candles continue to burn, lighting the path of hope for all who participate- hope for a cure in our lifetime.

Ordering your luminaria is one way you can lend support for the work of the American Cancer Society and its quest for finding a cure for cancer.

Don't let your loved ones be forgotten.

Fill out the form and return it to ensure your friends, family and colleagues are honored at Relay for Life this year.