One of my favorite memories with my kids is when we helped set up luminaries for Relay for Life.  Every single bag had a special memory, photos, or name of a person that fought hard against cancer.  A few of those bags even made me choke up a bit.

My sister lost her fight to cancer when she was just 12 years old.  Her 2 1/2 year struggle is one I will never forget.  Thankfully, we had a community around us that helped us through each step, and honestly, without those individuals, I have no idea how we would have gotten through that low point in our lives.

Seeing the faces of other kids, their names and princess photos on the luminaries reminded me of my sister.  I know that so many families are going through that same fight right now and seeing support throughout the community is what they need.  Having a child that is sick is tough.  Having a child that is sick during COVID-19 is a whole new nightmare.

I just learned about the new walk-through luminary ceremony that will be happening at Mayo High School on August 22nd from 7:30pm - 9:00pm.  There is usually a big 'ol event happening at one of the high schools at Rochester Public Schools but because of COVID-19, plans have had to change.  This is one event you need to put your mask on for though and come out because it truly is amazing and your support is needed.

Come out and support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Rochester Public Schools. This year due to the COVID epidemic, we will not be hosting our annual physical Relay for life.
In Place of our Relay for Life, we wanted to still take the time to remember our survivors, caregivers, and the ones we have lost to cancer by having a walk through luminary ceremony.
As a committee, we will be pre-selling luminaries and will be selling luminary the night of the event.
We will be asking everyone to please wear a mask and practice social distancing at our event.  - RPS Relay for Life Facebook Event Page

Purchase a luminary and show your support for this event and the families that have heard the word "cancer".  Get in touch with Garrett Stadsvold at and he will give you more information.  Learn a bit more about the event or make a donation here.

Tell me your loved one's story.  Many of us know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer.  I'd love to hear about their story.  If you'd like to share it with me, send me a message over on my Facebook page (Jessica On The Radio) or DM me on Instagram.

Listen to Jessica Williams weekdays from 6 am until 10 am on Y105FM's Early Morning Show with James Rabe and Jessica Williams

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