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Keep the hope burning

MURFREESBORO – Every candle has a name.

The Luminaria ceremony is the soul of Relay For Life, as well as the most touching ceremony held over the two-day event. At dusk, a solemn ceremony is conducted, one that quietly remembers those whose lives have been touched by cancer. In the soft glow of the candlelight, Relay for Life participants and guests reflect on the courage and strength of all who are affected by cancer.

Organizers of Hertford-Gates Relay for Life remind all local residents that they can join the fight to end cancer by purchasing a luminaria. Those candles will be lit around 9 p.m. on Friday, April 17 at Squirrel Park on the campus of Chowan University in Murfreesboro, the site of the annual Hertford-Gates Relay for Life. That event continues into Saturday, April 18.

During the luminaria ceremony, candles are placed in bags, which are dedicated in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of a loved one lost from cancer. When lit, hundreds of luminaria will brighten the way for Relay For Life walkers throughout the night.

Whether you participate in person or in spirit, here’s your chance to support the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Keep the fire of HOPE burning by donating a luminaria.

The deadline to purchase a luminaria is Thursday, March 19. The cost is $10 per white bag (or three for $25); $25 for a gold bag, or $100 for a Flame of Hope, which can include a photo of the honoree.

To make a purchase or to learn more, contact Melanie Storey at 252-332-9401.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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