Local event honors cancer patients, victims

Cancer has impacted the lives of many local residents. Each year, an event is held to honor Delta County cancer patients and victims. That event is coming up soon. It is also a major fundraiser for a local group that is dedicated to helping cancer patients.

A luminary walk to honor Delta County cancer patients and victims will be held Aug. 6 in Ludington Park. It begins at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the weekly concert by the Escanaba City Band that starts at 7:30.

The event is conducted by the Delta County Cancer Alliance and serves as one of the group’s major fund-raisers. DCCA, which is not affiliated with any other cancer organization, provides $500 yearly to Delta County cancer patients to help defray medical expenses and other items. Five percent of all contributions are donated to Mayo Clinic for cancer research.

Bags, which will be lit with candles inside at dusk, can be purchased that evening ($5 apiece) from board members and volunteers stationed near the bandshell. The bags display names of cancer victims who have passed away or patients battling the disease and will be arranged around the seating area of the bandshell to be viewed by the public.

Names of all those on the bags will also be announced after the concert.

Bags can also be purchased for $5 ahead of time at the Delta County Cancer Alliance office, 419 Ludington St.

For more information on the Alliance, call the office (786-0854) between 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is staffed by volunteers.