2016-04-14 / Front Page

Canned food drive will help support Relay for Life’s luminaria ceremony


The Relay For Life luminaria ceremony features white, paper bags, personalized and decorated, with inserted candles that represented loved ones fighting cancer. The Relay For Life luminaria ceremony features white, paper bags, personalized and decorated, with inserted candles that represented loved ones fighting cancer. Lincoln County Relay For Life teams are holding a canned food drive through Saturday, May 14, in support of the luminaria cer­emony.

All canned food received will be donated to the local food pantry in Lincoln County after the Relay For Life’s conclusion.

“With the canned food drive, we’re hoping to benefit as many different people as possible, not just those involved in Relay For Life,” Sydney Bromfield, Relay for Life community manager, said. “This is a way for us to secure our luminarias for the ceremony, but also give back to the community that supports us year round.”

Luminarias are white, paper bags that are personalized with a name, photo, message or drawing in honor of loved ones affected by cancer. Lit after dark at every Re­lay For Life event, the luminarias are typically filled with sand and have a candle, representing the cancer fighter, inserted.

This year, Lincoln County’s Re­lay for Life will replace the sand with the cans received from the drive, and set candles atop the cans to combine the efforts of commu­nity outreach and reverence.

The majority of funds raised through Relay For Life and other events part of the American Cancer Society (ACS) are directly used for cancer research, patient support, prevention and education, and de­tection and treatment.

Over the past century the ACS has been a part of every major cancer research breakthrough, hav­ing funded the research that found treatments such as chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants, pre­ventative tests such as the pap smear and mammogram; and the PSA test for prostate cancer.

Return to top