Saturday, July 27, 2013

Relay for Life

Luminarias at the Baker City Relay for Life

The annual Relay for Life will be held today and tomorrow here in Baker City. The project has been going on for over 9 years now and the idea is to collect funds for cancer research. People from all walks of life walk around the track from 4 PM on Saturday till the following morning. Luminarias will be placed around the track with the names of cancer victims, sufferers and survivors, sometimes with their photos on the white bag (called Luminarias) and which will be lit over night. 
The Luminarias are lit at nightfall

A touching ceremony is held as darkness sets in and the candles will be lit to stay burning overnight. Various teams from our community join forces to raise money, and our parish has been in the forefront of this project with their “Team Hope.” I will walk between 5 and 6 AM Sunday morning and then offer a Sunrise service, before people start packing and leaving.

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