It’s true. Simply lighting a candle can help fight cancer.  Each year during the Phillips County Relay for Life, the luminary service is an emotional and inspirational tribute to those who have been touched by cancer. On April 20, hundreds of tiny lights lining the Central High School track at dusk will serve as reminders of the courage shown by so many Phillips Countians in the fight against cancer.

 

It’s true. Simply lighting a candle can help fight cancer.  Each year during the Phillips County Relay for Life, the luminary service is an emotional and inspirational tribute to those who have been touched by cancer. On April 20, hundreds of tiny lights lining the Central High School track at dusk will serve as reminders of the courage shown by so many Phillips Countians in the fight against cancer.
This ceremony of light during the 2012 Phillips County Relay for Life will symbolize the hope with which the Relay for Life Committee and its supporters continue to work toward a cure for cancer. Each luminary that is lit honors a survivor who has won the battle against cancer or the memory of someone who lost the fight. The candles remain lit throughout the night, providing motivation for walkers as they pass by and see the names of these special individuals.
The Relay for Life Committee is currently selling luminaries (candles placed in paper bags) for a minimum donation of $5 each for this very special reason. People who may or may not be actual participants in the Relay for Life may purchase a luminary as a tribute to a loved one whose life has been touched by cancer. The loved one’s name, which will be placed on a luminary, will also be acknowledged during the luminary service.
“We all know people who have been touched by cancer,” said RFL luminary chairman Stephanie Arnold. “Purchasing luminaries is our special way of acknowledging these people for their courage and strength.”
To purchase a luminary in honor or memory of a loved one for this year’s event, call Arnold at (870) 816-5003 or mail a form and payment to her at P.O. Box 82, Barton, AR 72312.
Funds raised at Relay for Life will enable the American Cancer Society to support local services and resources for cancer patients and their families. Funds also support critical cancer research and community education programs designed to teach people how to reduce their risk of developing cancer. 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.