Wilmington Breast Cancer Survivor to Honor and Remember Those Touched by Cancer With Lights of Hope Display

August 26, 2020

WILMINGTON, DE – On September 12, communities will honor lives affected by cancer when Lights of Hope Across America takes place on the front porches, kitchen tables, lawns of advocates nationwide and other locations.

As a result of the pandemic, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteers will not gather for the annual Lights of Hope ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., where tens of thousands of bags are decorated and adorned with the names of cancer survivors and those lost to this horrible disease. Instead, advocates will celebrate 10 years of hope at home as part of a larger virtual event.

On Saturday, Sept 12th breast cancer survivor and ACS CAN volunteer Barbara Burd will be displaying Lights of Hope to honor those who have been touched by cancer.

“I thought it would be nice to do our own display locally. Each luminaria bag will be decorated and dedicated to someone from our region lost to or affected by cancer,” said Burd. “It’s a special way to remember we are all in the fight against cancer.”

 “I am a breast cancer survivor and deeply understand what this disease does to the person who has cancer, their loved ones and the community,” said Burd. “This display is a dramatic way of honoring them. It’s so important we all come together to raise awareness and to fight this dreadful disease.”

If you would like to make a secure online donation to Barbara Burd’s Lights of Hope page to honor or remember a loved one from our area with a luminaria bag, please go here:

For more information on Lights of Hope Across America and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, go to:


The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, visit  

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