UTC Aerospace Holds Emotional Luminaria Ceremony for American Cancer Society


A Rockford business holds an emotional ceremony in honor of those lives touched by cancer.

Circle S singers performed at Monday’s special luminaria ceremony at UTC Aerospace Systems in Rockford.

Ron Allen, this year’s Relay for Life chairman, spoke about the importance of the American Cancer Society not only to survivors but to caregivers. For Allen, he’s been on both sides after battling cancer himself, and losing his wife to the deadly disease.

“At that point, as a caregiver, we try our best to encourage to support in any way that we can. But, in the end, when that time draws near, we turn to our professionals,” said Allen as he spoke to the crowded room at UTC.

UTC has held the luminaria ceremony for the past 14 years. The bags are accompanied by poinsettia plants to create an 18-foot tree on display in the building’s atrium.


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