Southern Nevada illuminates hope in fight against cancer for American Cancer Society

Posted at 2:09 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 17:54:13-04

Relay For Life of Southern Nevada volunteers invite locals to help “Illuminate Hope” with paper Luminaria lanterns on Aug. 1.

There will be a drive-thru luminaria display at the College of Southern Nevada Charleston campus lit with decorated Luminaria bags to remember and honor those who have been affected by cancer.

The goal of the “Illuminate Hope” event is to raise funds for the American Cancer Society (ACS).

The ACS is the largest private, nonprofit funder of cancer research, second only to the federal government. COVID-19 has resulted in the cancellation of events across the nation, and for the first time since its inception in 1946, it is predicted that there will be a $200 million deficit in the fight against cancer.

The event will begin at 8 p.m. and Luminaria bags can be purchased for a suggested donation of $10 and then decorated to honor loved ones who have been affected by or have passed from cancer.

Bags can be purchased online to be displayed in the Illuminate Hope commemoration. Bags can also be decorated by Relay For Life volunteers by special request.

Bags must be returned or purchased by July 29 to be included.