Walkers finished Genesee Community College's six-hour "mini Relay for Life" last night with a dusk "Luminaria Ceremony" honoring the memory of cancer victims and people lives have been touched by cancer. The bags lining their path contained lit candles and each one was dedicated to a particular individual.
Suzanne Smith, of Batavia, "Luminaria Ceremony" coordinator and cancer survivor, is pictured here with her sons, Richie and Mikey.
This is the college's second annual "mini Relay for Life," which is a partnership between GCC's Wellness Center and the American Cancer Society. It is also a sort of prelude to the annual "Relay for Life" at Van Detta Stadium, which will be held on Aug. 24.
Kristina Groff, American Cancer Society staff partner, and Michelle Williams, the event chair.
Master of Ceremonies John Kochmanski, who is with the college's radio station.
Jace Little, fundraising specialist and safety officer at College Village, and Tiffany Ralston, who was on the event's public relations committee and serves as a "Living Learning" advisor at College Village.
For more information on "Relay for Life," visit relayforlife.org/bataviany