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Sagicor Shines at Relay for Life

Published:Monday | June 13, 2016 | 6:00 AM
The Sagicor Foundation Memory Board where Relay For Life patrons were given the opportunity to leave their handprinted, customised messages for their loved ones who battled cancer.
All smiles after a successful start of Relay For Life 2016 are (from left) Yulit Gordon, executive director, Jamaica Cancer Society; Mayor Angela Brown Burke; Councillor Karl Blake; Nadene Newsome, public relations manager at Sagicor; Margot Jameson, chairman, Relay For Life; Dr Tamu Davidson, Ministry of Health; Dr Otis Brawley, American Cancer Society; Stanford Cocking, past chairman for Relay For Life; and Alysia Moulton White.
Lighting their specially personalised Luminaria bags are from left: Nadene Newsome, Jodi-Ann Swack and Donna Thomas.
Imani Edwards (left) and her cousin Grace Dwyer were among the first set of participants who left their hand print on the Sagicor Foundation memory wall in honour of a loved one who battled cancer.
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The Jamaica Cancer Society's Relay For Life is an annual event that offers every Jamaican a life-changing moment to celebrate the lives of their loved ones who battled cancer and survived, or an opportunity to remember loved ones who battled the disease but unfortunately passed on.

The event started out as an avenue to fight back against the disease. The night's event is filled with stories of victory and hope, dancing and singing - a total celebration of life.

This year, the Sagicor Foundation had a special memory board where Relay For Life patrons were given the opportunity to leave their handprints with a special message to/for their loved one who has battled the disease.

This year, Relay For Life took place on Saturday, June 11, at the Police Officers' Club in St Andrew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Sunday. The highlight of the evenings proceedings was the Luminaria Ceremony, where the walking track was lined with bags consisting of candles placed inside sand-filled bags and personalised in honour or in memory of loved ones. The special lap was ushered by a bagpipe player.