Dedicate a luminary - Canadian Cancer Society

Dedicate a luminary

Relay luminary ceremony

Light the way with a Luminary

Dedicate a luminary to remember a loved one lost to cancer or honour a Participant of Hope.

With nearly half of Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, luminaries bring hope to people impacted or dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

Funds raised from luminaries support groundbreaking cancer research and support programs and services.

Help light the way for those impacted by cancer with a luminary. Dedicate a luminary today.

Relay luminary ceremony

“Losing a loved one to cancer is devastating. Lighting a luminary for my dad is my way to remember him. And the Luminary Ceremony is comforting because you're with others who have also lost a loved one to the disease.”

— Shelley Frank, Relay participant

Frequently asked questions


A luminary is a small candle lit in a special white bag. On the front of the luminary is the name of the person you're dedicating it to. It could be either in remembrance of them or in honour.

Yes! Your local Relay volunteer committee is responsible for placing and lighting the luminaries at your local Relay site. They will make sure the luminary you purchase is along the track or path on the day of the event.

A luminary is $5, with all funds supporting groundbreaking cancer research and support programs and services for those impacted by cancer.

Luminaries are not tax receiptable. However, you have the option to donate when you purchase a luminary, and you are eligible to receive a tax receipt for your donation.