Luminaria bags


Shown are Luminaria bags placed on the outdoor steps of a home the Virginia Unites: Let’s Shine On event in support of the Relay For Life of Appomattox County and the American Cancer Society. 

Relay for Life extends a heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone who participated in Virginia Unites: Let’s Shine On in support of the Relay For Life of Appomattox County and the American Cancer Society. 

On Sept. 20, over 100 Luminaria lit up the night throughout the community. Each Luminaria was lit in remembrance of a life touched by cancer. The event raised nearly $2,000 for the American Cancer Society’s mission; money raised to support the fight against cancer from every angle: from cancer research, patient support, and prevention, detection, and treatment education.

Since 2000, Appomattox County has stood hand in hand with the American Cancer Society in fundraising and raising awareness about a disease that has been allowed to take far too much for far too long.

While COVID-19 has impacted the way we were able to Relay this year, we look forward to celebrating the 20th Anniversary 2.0 of Relay For Life of Appomattox County in 2021. 

For more information or to get involved, visit or call Susan Williams at 434-248-5461.

Each Luminaria represents a treasured relationship. They represent people, each with a name and a story to tell. They are our mothers, our fathers, our sisters, our brothers, our sons, our daughters, and our friends.  

We remember those who lost their battle to cancer. They all fought a hard, tough battle to the very end — K.V. Barlow, Cindy Bollinger, Joanne Brinkley, David Caldwell, Bolling Carter, Richard Carter, Bill Craft, Edward “Uncle Slick”  Crawford, Peggy “Maw-Maw” Crawford, Vickie Davis, Dale Dowdy, Ruth Drinkard, Lisa Ellis, Clifford Feeser, Ann Ferguson, Beth Fore, William R. Foster, Ed Franklin, Rosco Gary, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Aldah Gordon, James L. Gordon, Jr., Carolyn Grubb, Clifford Harvey, Patsy Harvey, Carlyle Hawkins, Bill Hodges, Thomas Jackson, Carolyne Mays Kelly, Beth Kirby, Anne Ligon Lewis, Donna Mitchell Lowery, Renee Williams Martin, Earlene Mason, Valerie May, Jimmy Mayberry, Anne Miller, Martha Moore, Leslie Ned Nash, Lois Neufeld, Jane Plunkett, John H Ranson, Sr, Jim Reynolds, Millie Roach, Diane Rockwell, Rich Rockwell, John Paul Rothgeb, Jeannette Sale, Janet Hix Scott, Ophard Slagle, Rachel Saxton, Larry Smith, David Trent, Millie Trent, Alice C. Thomas, William F. Thomas, Bessie Lee Trout, Helen Warner, Floyd E. Williams and Howard Williams, Jr. 

We remember those who are have been on that journey of battling cancer; they fought and they became survivors —  Kylie Adams, Mary Ann Almond, Betty Armstrong, Cathy Bates, Dana Beckhouse, Joyce Bennett, Jimmy Bollinger,Teresa Burton-Weber, Clydie Cheatham, June Chenault, Dot Coleman, Irvin Crump, Nancy Elder, Ava Ferguson, John Giuliano, John Harrison, Jane Harvey, Ottie Huddleston, Brenda Jarrett, Carolyn Jolly, Paul Konetski, Barbie Lientz, Jason Lucas, Ronda Matthews, Dow Mongold, Penny Mongold, Angel Moody, Tyler Peterson, Dan Puckette, Daniel G. Puckette, Zeke Puig, John H. Ranson, Jr, Pat Rice, Adele Richardson, Cassidy Richardson, Michelle Richardson, Mary Riffey, Bobby Roach, Kathy Seay, Nancy Slagle, Jessie Lee Smith, Lisa Smith, Jason Starbuck, Bobby Stewart, Mike Sullivan, Brian Thomas, Eloise Thomas, Jennifer Tucker, Linda Turner, Lloyd Walton, Shirley Walton, Nancy Webb, Sheila Webb, Carolyn Williams, Lois M. Williams, Kim Witt and Linda Zeller.

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