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Luminaria ceremony to be held at Relay for Life to honor cancer survivors and those who lost the battle

FALLBROOK – A special luminaria ceremony will be held during the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event on May 22, 9 p.m., at Fallbrook High School’s lower soccer field. A 24-hour walk for the awareness for cancer, the 2009 Relay for Life in Fallbrook, will begin with the ‘Survivor’s Lap’ after the opening ceremonies take place at 9 a.m. on May 22. A Fight Back service and closing ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. on May 23.

The luminaria ceremony is an opportunity to remember those lost to cancer and to honor individuals who are still battling the disease. Luminarias representing people touched by cancer in the community will be lit and line the entire track. All members of Fallbrook/Bonsall are invited to attend the ceremony and to honor or remember a loved one with a luminaria. As part of the ceremony, there will be a slide show presentation if you would like to have your loved one’s photo included in the presentation. Photo can be emailed to Deana Grissom at [email protected].

Relay for Life began with one man in Tacoma, Washington in 1985 and is now a worldwide movement to end cancer, with 4,960 events across America that raised a total of $420 million dollars in 2008. These funds help the American Cancer Society achieve their mission of eliminating cancer as a major health concern.

At Relay for Life events, participants become more knowledgeable about cancer prevention and early detection, and learn more about services that are available to cancer patients and their families as well as opportunities to become more involved in the fight against cancer. For more information about this event, visit


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