The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation turned 15 this year, and they are inviting everyone to celebrate life with them on Oct. 5–6 at the Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life Weekend, with a full WaterFire lighting on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Passport to Survivorship Expo
The weekend begins with the free Passport to Survivorship Expo, Oct. 5, 8 a.m.–3 p.m., at the RI Convention Center and Omni Providence Hotel. Experience your wellness at this FREE multisensory health event, featuring interactive exhibits, health screenings, vendors, giveaways and more. This event is open to the public and the first 500 people to arrive at Passport will receive a swag bag and a $150 gift from Thrive Causemetics.
In addition, there is a special Meet & Greet Luncheon with Olympic Gold Medalist and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton. Tickets can be purchased online at gloriagemma.org. This ticketed event includes a great lunch, photos and a private book signing with Scott, as well as a beautiful pair of earrings from Zaxie by Stephanie Taylor Jewelry.
Celebration of Life Festival
At 3 p.m. on Friday, the party moves outside to Station Park with the Celebration of Life Festival. This free event has lots to do and see, including family-fun activities, as well as free concerts, a fireworks display and the beautiful and moving Illuminations of Life Ceremony at sundown (6:30 p.m.) on the State House steps. The headlining band, Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra, is back by popular demand, and so are the food trucks from FoodTrucksIn.
From 7–10 p.m., the Taste of Hope features exquisite tasting stations, a diverse selection of wine and a seasonal sampling of beers. The Pink Party, which runs from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, will make you feel like a VIP as you enjoy food stations, drinks and fun! The regular ticket price is $50 and includes two drink tickets for either an alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverage, an open buffet, dessert and dancing.
Gloria Gemma Run-Walk Series
The weekend concludes with the Gloria Gemma Run-Walk Series on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. at Station Park. This is the Foundation's largest fundraiser and helps fund the 20+ free programs and support services the Foundation offers to people touched by cancer. In 2018, the Foundation positively impacted more than 6,000 people with education, programs and services.
Three races make up this fun morning, including the Kids Fun Run; the hilarious Pink Pump Palooza, a 50-yard dash run in high heels by men and women; and the Gloria Gemma 5K. Prizes are awarded for the fastest times and highest fundraisers.
The energy at the Flames of Hope Weekend is palpable. It has grown from a small evening event into the largest cancer awareness event in the Northeast. Make plans to spend your first weekend in October at the Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life Weekend, in downtown Providence.