Relay, ceremony are highlights of fund-raiser to fight cancer Luminaries to honor victims, survivors


One little light to remember another

a father, a son, a cousin, a brother.

One little light to honor a friend

who's fighting the fight to live again.

One little light to find ways to cope

to lift up our heads and hang on to hope.

One little light shines from above,

by lighting this light, you acknowledge love.

Written by Nicole Lee

Provided by the American Cancer Society

As darkness falls tonight, more than 200 people are expected to take the field at Westminster High School to light luminaries to honor cancer survivors and loved ones who have died of the disease.

The ceremony, to begin at 9 p.m., will be the highlight of the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life," an overnight event held each spring and summer to raise funds for cancer research.

People of all ages are invited to attend the two-day event.

Participants in the relay, in teams of eight to 15 people, will take turns walking, jogging or running around the school's track for 24 hours. Each participant must raise a minimum of $100 in pledges.

"This is a celebration of life. We're doing this to try to win the fight against cancer," said Gail Lauer-Miller, who is helping coordinate the event.

Lauer-Miller, a recovery room nurse at Carroll County General Hospital, has been working for months to recruit participants.

The hospital, a sponsor, donated $2,500 to the event.

More than 30 teams -- including five from the hospital -- have registered. The relay kicks off at 7 p.m. today with cancer survivors leading the first lap. Friends, family and team members will be invited to complete this "victory lap" with them.

Music, food and games will be available during the program.

Westminster High is at 1225 Washington Road.

Information: American Cancer Society, 888-535-4555.

Pub Date: 5/30/98

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