54,000 Virtual Candles Lit in Honor of World Cancer Day, Millions Lost to Cancer

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Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance 'shines a light' on cancer with Memory Candle igniting worldwide social media support.

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'Memory Candle'

Our hope is that this flame will remain lit and burn brightly as it passes through the social media community in continual honor of those who have beat cancer, who are currently fighting cancer and those loved ones who lost their brave battle.

The social media community rallied around the 'Memory Candle,' a Facebook campaign created by the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance (MCA), to honor World Cancer Day and everyone touched by the disease.

“Lighting a candle has always been an elegant and symbolic gesture to honor the memory of friends and family, so we took that concept and created the 'Memory Candle' for those with cancer. The beauty of having a virtual candle is that the light will never go out," said Emily Walsh, Community Outreach Director for the MCA.

Besides sharing personal stories, triumphs and immortalizing those who have passed away from cancer, according to the MCA, the real drive behind the 'Memory Candle' is to remind the public that the fight for cancer is far from over.

The candle reads, “Today on World Cancer Day, I light this candle in honor of all cancer survivors, fighters, and those who have lost their life to this disease. Keep this candle burning to build momentum toward a cure. Together, we are unstoppable!”

Originally created by the MCA in an effort to celebrate and recognize World Cancer Day, the 'Memory Candle' also serves as a beacon around which the social media community can join together in support of cancer research, preventative medicine, treatment advancements and awareness.

"The response of the Facebook community is amazing. We are pleased and truly humbled how many people have been touched by the 'Memory Candle," said Walsh.

At press time, over 54,000 candles have been shared via the MCA's Facebook page since World Cancer Day on Saturday, with the number climbing daily.

“Our hope is that this flame will remain lit and burn brightly as it passes through the social media community in continual honor of those who have beat cancer, who are currently fighting cancer and those loved ones who lost their brave battle,” said Walsh.

To light a candle for someone, please visit the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance's Facebook page at facebook.com/MesotheliomaCancer.

About the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance:

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance (MCA) at Mesothelioma.com is the web's most trusted information resource for individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and their families. Our mission, as a leading authority on this topic, is to continually provide relevant, timely, and factual information about asbestos exposure and its causal links to mesothelioma cancer. The MCA can be founded at http://www.mesothelioma.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MesotheliomaCancer.

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