Bar Harbor luminaria memorial to honor cancer patients, help with specialized meals

BAR HARBOR, Maine (WABI) - An event to celebrate cancer survivors - and honor those who've lost their lives - is set for this summer in Bar Harbor.

This year, it's also raising money to support cancer patients by taking care of a basic need.

The 17th annual Carol Dyer Memorial Light the Way to a Cure Luminaria Evening on the Bar Harbor Village Green is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4th, from 7-9:30 p.m. This event began 17 years ago by Carol Dyer's friends after Dyer died of a brain tumor. It is run solely by volunteers.

While the green is beautifully lit up by these luminarias, attendees also can enjoy the live music of Peter and David Lindquist.

Participants and the public are able to purchase luminarias in honor or in memory of a loved one for $10. On July 4th, the YWCA will be selling luminaries at the ball field in Bar Harbor in advance of the August event.

This year money from the sales will support Home Cooked Healing, a nonprofit service that provides up to five dinners a week at no charge for cancer patients and their families all over Hancock County.

The volunteer cooks understand that tastes for food can change as a result of cancer treatments, and that some surgeries require a special diet. They talk with patients individually and confidentially to learn which foods and spices they are able to tolerate to prepare meals that are both nourishing and appetizing.

For more information on the Memorial, log on to www.ywcamdi.org.

To learn about the Home Cooked Healing program, log on to www.youcaring.com and search for Home Cooked Healing.