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Honor loved ones with a luminaria


   A special Luminaria Ceremony, to be held during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, will remember those lost to cancer and honor those who have survived.
   Luminaria will be lit at the Madras High School track on July 14, at 10 p.m., to represent those individuals.
   Anyone desiring to make a luminaria donation may do so by contacting Myrna Clark at 541-475-7441 or Cindy Wunsch, 541-475-7858 or by visiting www.jeffersoncountyrelay.com .
   Each luminaria candle is offered at a suggested donation of $5. The deadline for the purchase of the luminaria bags is July 14, at 7 p.m.
   "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 Myrna Clark, volunteer luminaria chairwoman. "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 hold creative fundraisers at their campsites 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.
   The July 14, Jefferson County Relay For Life event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a survivor's lap where survivors and caregivers circle the track, surrounded by friends and family cheering them on.
   Also a part of the Relay For Life of Jefferson County event is the "Fight Back" Ceremony, where 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.
   The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer.
   As a global grassroots force of more than 3 million volunteers, the society fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community.
   It saves lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.
   As the nation's largest nongovernmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, the society turns what people know about cancer into what people do.
   As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more or to get help, call day or night at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.