Summerville rallies against cancer

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Photos by Roger Lee/Journal Scene Maya Stelzer takes a picture of the luminaria honoring her grandmother, who is a cancer survivor. The track at Summerville High School was lined with luminarias Friday during the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life. See the story and more photos, Page 8A.


Hundreds joined together Friday at Summerville High School to honor cancer survivors, their caregivers, and to pay tribute to those for whom the cure has not come soon enough.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Summerville brought together volunteers, walkers, families, caregivers, cancer survivors, schools, companies, individuals and teams of all kinds.

During the five-hour celebration members of teams took turns walking or running around a track “relay style” to raise funds to fight cancer. There was also dancing and games as well as treats sold with proceeds going toward the cause.

One of the many highlights of the event is the luminaria ceremony, or candlelight vigil, held at nightfall to honor cancer survivors and to remember those lost to cancer.

Event organizers say the Relay for Life reminds us that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten and that those who face cancer will always be supported. More than anything, it makes us hopeful that one day, cancer will for good be eliminated.

Since 1985, Relay For Life has spread to more than 6,100 communities in the U.S. and has become a worldwide movement, taking place in more than 20 countries.

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