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As darkness falls, every Relay For Life event takes pause to hold a very special Remember – or Luminary – Ceremony.
It’s during this time that we light the luminaries that line the track. Luminaries are small bags filled with sand and a candle. If you've purchased a luminary, you can make your way over to it alongside the track and light it yourself, if you like.
The Luminary Ceremony is always powerful and emotional, and is a time for quiet reflection and remembrance...a time to remember loved ones lost and to honour those still fighting cancer.
Many people purchase luminaries in memory of loved ones lost and in honour of the cancer survivors and those still battling the disease. You can choose your own special, meaningful message to have on the luminary bag.
You can buy a luminary online or through your local Canadian Cancer Society office or on event night. Most team captains also have luminary purchase forms. They cost $5.
New this year: the sale of luminaries can be credited to your team's or your personal fundraising total.
To buy a luminary for the Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life event in your community, please choose the event first.
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