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Ceremony will honor cancer survivors

Luminaria Ceremonies will take place at multiple American Cancer Society Relay For Life ® events surrounding McDuffie County in the upcoming weeks.

"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 Summer Garrison, American Cancer Society Staff.

"The Luminaria Ceremony is a moving way to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to pay tribute to cancer survivors."

If you would like to remember or honor someone by making a donation in the way of a luminaria please contact the American Cancer Society at (706) 731-9900 or 1-866-227-0904 (toll free). Each luminaria is a donation of $5.00.

Relay For Life 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 American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer.

As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we 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 about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Luminarias may be purchased by calling Summer Garrison at the American Cancer Society at 706-731-9900 and specify which Relay For Life event you would like the luminaria to be displayed: Warren County (April 23), Lincoln County (April 30), Harlem, (April 30), Wilkes County (May 7), Jefferson County (May 7), Augusta (May 14), Taliaferro County (May 21).

Web posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010

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