PARKERSBURG - Luminarias in honor of loved ones were dedicated Thursday in the fifth annual "Lighting the Way" ceremony in the South Tower lobby at the Camden Clark Medical Center's Memorial Campus.
Kim Couch, director of the Camden Clark Foundation, said the funds raised from the luminaria goes to help pay for cancer services at the Camden Clark Medical Center.
Mike King, CCMC president and CEO, said the "Lighting the Way" is now five years old and grew from the "Love Lights" program for the local hospice program.
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Members of the Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus boys group perform Thursday evening. They are, from left, Jesse Eaton, Davey Thrasher, Owen Tidd, Ben Vierheller, Jared Ream and Matthew Lebo.
"They still do the Love Lights which is great," he said. "It increases awareness of hospice, which is a wonderful service; this gives us exposure to recognize not only those who have donated and those who take care of them."
Couch said not all of the luminaria are related to cancer.
"For many who sponsored a luminaria cancer may not be the reason why they are doing it this evening," she said. "They just feel drawn to the project."
Pete Berolatti, a Camden Clark Foundation board member, read the names of those who sponsored luminaria at Thursday's ceremony and Tusesday's ceremony at the St. Joseph's Campus. He said the luminaria honors the living and the deceased.
"I think it is a compliment to the Camden Clark family and staff," he said. "It's a time of year everybody appreciates any kind words or a kind thing anyone can do for them."
King said the lights on the tree in the hospital lobby had a meaning.
"The blue lights represent the people we serve in our community and the larger blue lights represent all of our employees that provide that care and the white lights represent all our physicians, our physician extenders and caregivers," he said.
Couch said the ceremony gave people a chance to take a break from what is for many a very busy time.
"We can take a break and remember those who are important to us that we love and hold close to our hearts," she said. "They truly hold a special place on this night."