Monday, July 23, 2007

Ceremony of Hope

Erie, one of 4,800 US sites for the American Cancer Society's international fund raiser, Relay for Life, held its 2007 event this weekend at the McDowell High School track. Congratulations to our team who came in #1 this year in money raised with over $11,500--and also had the highest individual fund raiser of the 130-team Erie event. The team from the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, sisters, oblates and friends, is one of only four teams that has been a participant from Year One, 14 years ago. Highlights include the Survivor Lap and the Ceremony of Hope, a stunning after-dark event featuring paper bag luminaria that ring the track. Each light honors a cancer survivor or the memory of a cancer victim. The 24-hour walking event, which raises millions each year for cancer research, has grown to include Relays in over 20 countries.