Thursday, February 26, 2009

Down Memory Lane February 25/26, 2009

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, established in 2004 by the Gemma Family in memory of their mom, Gloria Gemma who died from breast cancer, hosted the 3rd Annual Flames of Hope…"A Celebration of Life" at WaterFire on Saturday, October 11, 2008 in downtown Providence, RI.We were watching our 2 grandsons from South Carolina, during this event so we decided to take them to see the waterfire and the procession of lights.The festivities began at 5:30 PM at the RI State House with the enormously uplifting Flames of Hope Torch Parade and the lighting of the RI State House in Pink to celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We waited in line for the procession to start. The boys were so patient as we were early to get a great viewing spot up front.

As the people went by we felt their inspiration and their hope in the people and the crowd. The survivors were wearing pink ribbons.There were so many woman, a few men and a few children, all ages.
The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation relies completely on donations and fundraising to fulfill their mission of raising breast cancer awareness, increasing breast health education, and generating funding for critical breast health programs. Their promise is that 100% of the net proceeds will remain in the local community.

The lighted statehouse with its pink dome as the procession and ceremony ended. There were many food vendors and tents with sponsors and music. Click on this image to read about memories from other bloggers, and begin your own memory walk.

6 comments:

Linda said...

Thanks for the post. I feel like you not only took your grandsons along, but also all of us.

Cancer has touched so many of our lives. I just lost my mother-in-law to cancer (lung) last Feb., and I miss her so very much.

I am so glad that more and more people are fighting the fight and winning.

Even you mentioning it in your blog post has raised awareness.
Thanks!
Linda

Lynnette Kraft said...

That's neat that you could be part of that event. I hope cancer is a thing of the past very soon. It's so sad how many people are affected by it - personally or who know of somebody who has it.

Thanks for sharing.
Lynnette

GrandmaKathleen said...

Linda,
I chose this blog because I had heard that my Uncle Milton White was doing badly with his prostate cancer and that his 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren were all going to see him in Florida this week where he lives for the winter. Sadly I heard from aunt this morning that he has passed yesterday at 2:30pm. He will be sadly missed.

GrandmaKathleen said...

Lynnette,
I do hope Cancer will be a thing of the past. You hear of so many people who have this disease. family and friends. I lost my Uncle Whity yesterday to cancer.

George said...

Thanks for participating in this event. I lost my first wife to cancer and will be absolutely delighted when this disease is a thing of the past.

GrandmaKathleen said...

George,
So sorry to hear about your first wife's battle with this dreadful disease. I, too, would love to have this be a thing of the past.