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Luminaria Ceremony Enhances Relay For Life Events

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment

A 2011 graduate of University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Sierra Shoopman has been involved with Relay For Life for the past 12 years. As an annual participant and fundraiser, Sierra Shoopman helps support Relay For Life’s mission of raising funds and awareness for cancer research.

At each local Relay For Life event, a luminaria ceremony is held at nightfall. Participants donate and dedicate luminaria bags in honor of loved ones who have been affected by cancer. Personalized to reflect the life it represents, each luminaria bag is embellished with a photograph, drawing, name, or message. Participants who wish to donate a luminaria bag can choose from a classic white bag, a gold bag, or a tribute torch. Luminaria bags, each containing one candle, are then placed around the track used for the Relay For Life event. When the group of luminarias is lit, participants are given a visual reminder of how many lives are affected by cancer, and of the importance of Relay For Life’s mission.