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Celebration of Hope to light up downtown

The inaugural Celebration of Hope event is set in Johnson County to commemorate the American Cancer Society’s 100th year of saving lives from cancer.
The event will be held downtown and will celebrate survivorship by beginning with the annual survivor’s dinner prepared and provided by the Levi Retirees from 5 to 7 p.m. Luminaria bags will be placed down Main Street with the lighting at 7 p.m. The survivors will meet downtown following the dinner.
The ceremony will begin downtown at 7:30 and will include the National Anthem, prayer, recognition of 2013 fundraising teams, recognition of Johnson County teams with 10 years or more of working to find a cure for cancer and a lap for survivors and caregivers.
“Our goal this year is to sell 2013 luminary bags,” said Temple Reece, who is one of the lead organizers of this year’s event. “We exceeded this goal last year and are excited to put Johnson County in the spotlight again by lighting so many bags. Most importantly the event will honor our local cancer survivors and promote hope and the importance of working together in the fight against cancer.”
The street will opened back up by 9 p.m. and the bags will remain lit for participants to enjoy and the public may stay as long as they’d like. The names from the luminary bags in memory and honor will be published in The Tomahawk.
Teams are forming now to raise money however they choose, but selling luminaria bags is a priority. Participants may register by seeing Reece at Johnson County Bank.
This year four advocates are working together to coordinate this event: Lesa Brown, Celeste Dunn, Chrissy Icenhour and Reece, along with the American Cancer Society Community Representative for Johnson County, Anthony Piercy.
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