Gloria Gemma’s Flames of Hope Ignites Compassion and Perseverance

Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Providence

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation sponsored the full lighting of the annual Gloria Gemma’s Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life on September 30. This event is put on to embrace breast cancer awareness month and to create a movement to ignite support, recognition, and compassion.

Paige Zuber, student at JWU and Events Coordinator for The Gloria Gemma Cancer Resource Foundation, worked to plan The Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life. There was a resource fair providing information about health and cancer care.

Zuber says, The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation was founded in 2004 by the Gemma family. Gloria Gemma’s eldest daughter, Maria Gemma, is the director. Gloria Gemma focuses on the resources that are available to those affected by cancer rather than the research supporting cancer. They offer Oncology Massages, group sessions, palm and card readings, mindfulness activities, and annual events.

She says, “The foundation’s door is always open for people to come in and find out more about this incredible place. To me it feels like home when I’m there.”

The full lighting of the WaterFire began at sunset. Piles of wood on the water were lit one by one and volunteers were on the river boats from sunset until about 11 PM. There were volunteers for all other aspects of the event including: the food trucks; morning and afternoon set up; merchandise team; ambassadors of light; the starry, starry night installation; and the Luminaria Installation.

There were 150 torch barriers who lit the way from the Rhode Island State House to the ceremonial lighting of WaterFire at the basin of Waterplace Park.

John Denig, sophomore at JWU said, “It felt like a movie. It was very pretty and peaceful and the music that played fit the mood.”

Kaylynne Enloe

Staff Writer

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