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Ceremony to Honor Cancer Survivors and Remember

May 6, 2009
Traer Star-Clipper

TAMA A special Luminaria Ceremony held during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tama County remembers those lost to cancer and honors those who have survived. Luminaria will be lit at the South Tama track on June 12 at 9:00 p.m. to represent these individuals.

Anyone desiring to make a luminaria donation may do so by contacting Luane Lorenzen at 319-231-0820.

"It is beautiful when all the bags with candles are illuminated around the track," said Luane Lorenzen, volunteer luminaria chair. "The Luminaria Ceremony is such a moving way to remember our loved ones lost to cancer."

Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event. Teams of eight to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising event in the nation and to celebrate the lives of those who have had cancer, remember those lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much. Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, churches ... people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of eliminating cancer.

Tama County's cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) will kick off the Relay For Life on June 12 at 6:00 p.m. with the official Survivors Lap; then, the rest of the participants will join the fun.

Back again in 2009 is the Fight Back Ceremony, in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his/her own commitment to tangibly battle cancer, and he/she 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 Luane Lorenzen at 319-231-0820 or on the Web at HYPERLINK ""

Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn't be. As a nationwide organization, the American Cancer Society helps everyone facing the disease, when and where they need assistance. Dollars raised through Relay For Life are providing hope to people in the Tama County community. For cancer information, day-to-day help, or emotional support, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit HYPERLINK ""



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