North Augusta's annual Relay for Life, a benefit for the American Cancer Society, will be May 2-3.
For Donna Dante, the most significant part of the evening is the luminaria ceremony around 10 p.m.
"It's a time and a place where I can remember and reflect on memories that I have made. It's like there are angels among us watching over us," said Ms. Dante, the luminaria ceremony chairwoman.
Ms. Dante has been involved with the Relay for Life fundraiser for five years. Her mother, Siglind Dante, died of cancer in April 2004. Her sister, Linda Olson; father, Anthony Dante; and brother, Tony Dante, are all cancer survivors.
During the luminaria ceremony, the stadium lights are turned out, leaving only the glow of candles.
"It is time to remember those we have lost to cancer, ... to support those who currently have cancer ... and to honor those who have fought cancer in the past," she said. "The power of this ceremony is that it provides an opportunity for people to work through grief and to find hope."
Ms. Dante said she doesn't have a goal for the number of luminarias to be on the field, but she wants as many as possible. Luminarias are $10 and $25 each. Pet luminarias will also be for sale for $5.
Relay teams are still forming. One member of each team must be walking or running the track at all times during the 12-hour event. Teams must raise $100 per team member. To form a team, call Astrid Kletsch at (803) 292-0659.
To purchase a luminaria, make a check out to the American Cancer Society and include the name of the person being honored and mail it to Ms. Dante at 508 Old Walnut Branch, North Augusta, SC 29860.
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