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Purchase a Relay For Life luminaria for lighting ceremony to honor a loved one, or in memory of someone.

A special Luminaria Ceremony to be held during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Jefferson County will remember those lost to cancer and honor those who have survived.

Luminaria will be lit at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on July 15 at dusk to represent those individuals.

Anyone desiring to make a luminaria donation may do so by contacting Christie Bouvia at 541-460-9604 or by visiting www.relayforlife.org/madrasor. Each luminaria candle is $5.

"Each luminaria represents the life of someone who has battled cancer. It is a beautiful sight when all the bags with candles are illuminated around the track," said Bouvia, volunteer luminaria chairman. "The Luminaria Ceremony is a moving way to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to pay tribute to cancer survivors."

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening.

Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay.

Relay 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, the Survivors Lap will kick off the 2017 Relay For Life event on July 15, as survivors will circle the track, surrounded by friends and family cheering them on.

Also a part of the Relay For Life event, is the "Fight Back" ceremony, in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action (e.g., stop smoking, eat more healthfully, exercise regularly, etc.) in fighting back.

Information about making a luminaria donation, forming a team or walking in the Survivors Lap is available by calling 541-475-6665, or visiting RelayForLife.org.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer.

As a global grassroots force of more than 3 million volunteers, Relay events fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community.

The event 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.

As the nation's largest nongovernmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, Relay turns what is known about cancer into what is done. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer, and countless more who have avoided, it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about the organization or to get help, call anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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