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Relay For Life Ceremony to Honor Cancer Survivors and Remember Those Lost

A special Luminaria Ceremony will be held during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Dubuque to remember those lost to cancer and honor those who have survived. Luminaria will be lit in Washington Park on Friday, May 31st at approximately 9:30 PM, to represent these individuals.

Anyone desiring to make a luminaria donation may do so by visiting the Dubuque Relay For Life website: Each luminaria is a $10 donation on-line, or $5 if printed and mailed in advance of the event or purchased on the day of the event.

"Each luminaria represents the life of someone who has battled cancer. It will be a beautiful sight when all the bags are illuminated around Washington Park," said Kirsten Weidemann, Co-Event Chair. "The Luminaria Ceremony is a moving way to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to pay tribute to cancer survivors."

Relay For Life celebrates people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and provides participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease - all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society's vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Prior to the Luminaria Ceremony, cancer survivors are invited to attend the Survivor Dinner and Celebration, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, followed by an Opening Ceremony at 6:00 PM, that includes a Dove Release, National Anthem, Welcome, Sponsor Recognition and a presentation from Unity Point/Finley and East Dubuque Nitrogen.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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