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Carol Dyer Memorial “Light the Way to a Cure” Luminaria Event Ends

Photo Anna Travers
Photo Anna Travers

It is with sadness that I report that the the Carol Dyer Memorial “Light the Way to a Cure” Luminaria Evening held annually for the last 15 years in August at the Village Green in Bar Harbor is over. Last year’s event, held on August 6th, 2016 was the last.  I always enjoyed going, and went for the last 3-4 years. It was a night of happiness and sadness remember those who have and had cancer.

I received a copy of a letter, that was sent to the Mount Desert Islander and published in the June 29th edition. It reads
“It is with a combination of melancholy and pride that we have decided to bring the Carol Dyer Memorial “Light the Way to a Cure” Luminaria Evening to a conclusion. August 6th, 2016 was our last act after 15 years. Over that decade and a half, we lost family, friends, and community members. We also found friends, community, and hope.

This began as a way to honor our dear friend Carol Dyer after she lost her battle with brain cancer in June of 2001. Inspired by a local Relay for Life event, particularly the luminaria ceremony held during the walk, we got to work planning our first event. It started out as a small gathering to provide us with an outlet to both celebrate and grieve, but we have become inspired and humbled by how much it has grown over the years. Thanks to the incredible support of our community both on the island and around the world, we have raised over $75,000 for the American Cancer Society. Thank you so, so much.

We also couldn’t have done this without the continued support of….
MDI YWCA
Karen Zimmermann and Z Studio
MacQuinn’s
Reel Pizza, Pat’s Pizza, Epi’s and Rosalie’s
CJ’s Big Dipper
The Jackson Laboratory
MDI Hospital
The Village of Bar Harbor
The Rotary Club
Steve Lambert
The First
Jeff Dobbs Productions
The MDIslander
Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Peter and David Lindquist
Earl Brechlin and the MDIslander
All our long-suffering family members and friends who would do anything we volunteered them for
And thanks to the students and local community members who have helped in so many ways

We hope that the legacy of this event is to inspire you all to reach out and do positive work in your community on any scale. We know we will.

Thank you,

The Bar Harbor YBs”

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