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By SHARON WARNER
A luminary celebration to honor those battling cancer will be held as part of the Relay For Life at 10 p.m. Friday at Collins High School.
Candles will be lit in honor of or in memory of cancer patients and placed around the perimeter of the track.
This ceremony of light symbolizes the hope and courage of the battle against cancer and it part of a national ceremony.
The local Relay for Life begins 7 p.m. Friday and continues until 7 a.m. Saturday at Collins High School.
Registration begins at 5 p.m. and survivors are invited to participate in the survivors lap and special recognition ceremony at 7 p.m.
Fifth-grade students at Painted Stone Elementary decorate the luminaries every year.
“Kari Jesse takes the time to help students turn this into a community event,” organizer Carla Smith said. “She helps the students understand the Relay and what cancer victims go through.”
If you would like to purchase a luminary, you may do so at relayforlife.org/shelbyky. For more information, call Smith at 747-8363. People can have a name engraved for $25 “in honor” of someone who has survived cancer or “in memory” of someone who has lost the battle with cancer.
The plaques are on display in the Medical Imaging Department at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. These can be bought through team members, call Smith or during the Relay at the luminaria table.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life began in 1985 and remains a celebration of survivorship and remembrance that raises funds for and awareness of the fight against cancer.
The event brought in $103,000 in 2010, nearly double the $56,075 in its first year in Shelby (2004).
Co-chairs for this year's Relay for Life are Karen Rice (558-5106 or firstname.lastname@example.org; andLucy Harp(633-4450).