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Relay for Life Event to Celebrate Cancer Survivors

Bethlehem, Pa., April 9, 2008—The “Colleges Against Cancer” Club at Moravian College is planning a survivorship ceremony as part of the college’s third annual Relay for Life.  The event will be held from Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. to Saturday, April 12 at 8 a.m. in the ARC and Johnston Hall on the Main Campus.

At American Cancer Society Relay For Life events, survivors have a special place—they are honored in a special lap at the Relay and with lighted luminaria that shine to represent the hope for a future where cancer no longer threatens the lives of our friends and family. For many people who attend, one of the most moving parts of the event is the Ceremony of Hope. As the light dims over campsites and as the team members complete laps, the night is brightened by the glow of the lighted bags, each of which has a special meaning. Some luminaria celebrate the survivorship of people who have battled cancer and lived to tell the tale—commemorating the lives of those who have been lost to this disease. All represent a person who has been profoundly affected by cancer and the family and friends who continue to be touched by that experience.

With a few days remaining until the Relay, Moravian College has 16 teams with 120 participants total.  So far, they have raised $5,411.00. Each Relay gives the entire community an opportunity to celebrate survivors, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against this disease. For more details on being a part of the survivorship ceremony at Moravian, go to www.events.cancer.org/rflpamoraviancollege and click on “Survivors” or contact Sheila Lill (stsrl03@moravian.edu), Kelly Wight (stkew04@moravian.edu) or Tina Moll (stcdm05@moravian.edu).