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Luminaria Ceremony part of annual Relay for Life

A special Luminaria Ceremony, held during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Pagosa Springs, remembers those lost to cancer and honors those who have survived.

Luminarias will be lit to represent these individuals at 8:15 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Golden Peaks Stadium at Pagosa Springs High School.

Anyone desiring to make a luminaria donation may do so by completing a Luminaria form and mailing it to ACS, 320 Solitude Place, Pagosa Springs, CO., 81147. Each luminaria is $10.

“It is beautiful when all the bags with candles are illuminated around the track,” said LaQuita Johnson, volunteer luminaria chair. “The Luminaria Ceremony is such a moving way to remember our loved ones lost to cancer.”

Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event. Teams of 8 to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fund-raising event in the nation and to celebrate the lives of those who have had cancer, remember those lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much. Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, churches ... people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of eliminating cancer.

Pagosa Springs cancer survivors will kick off the Relay For Life at 6 p.m. Friday, June 18, with the official Survivors’ Lap, with the remainder of the participants then joining the fun.

For information about making a luminaria donation, contact LaQuita Johnson 264-0661; for forming a team, contact MariAnne Hall at 731-3381; or walking in The Survivors Lap contact Carolyn Warszawski @

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information, call (800) ACS-2345 or visit