Relay comes home for holidays

Published 9:57 pm Thursday, December 17, 2015

Remembering loved ones lost to cancer at the holidays can be tough, but Relay for Life of Suffolk is hoping to make it more memorable this year.

“Bringing Relay Home for the Holidays” will allow families to memorialize their loved ones with a luminaria ceremony in their own home whenever they like during the holidays.

“The whole idea is to take one of the most treasured, memorable parts of Relay and bringing that home to share with loved ones around Christmas when everybody’s home,” said Chelsea Peoples, community manager for Relay for Life of Suffolk.

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The luminaria ceremony, held at every Relay for Life, features weighted bags with candles inside. The emotional ceremony is a way to remember those lost to cancer and honor survivors.

“I’m planning to be out in the community delivering bags and sample luminaria scripts to families who are interested in doing this for Christmas,” Peoples said. “There is a sample luminaria script that they can edit to just have a nice moment with their families.”

Peoples also encouraged families to share photos of their at-home ceremonies, if they are comfortable, by using the hashtag #hopeliveshere on social media.

“That way, we can have a bunch of pictures of all the families that participated,” Peoples said.

To get a luminaria bag, contact Peoples at 235-2440 or The suggested donation per luminaria is $10.

The 2016 Relay for Life of Suffolk will be held May 20 at Nansemond River High School from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, visit