In memoriam

by bethanybump

Part 2 of 3: Every year, the Syracuse community gathers in the Carrier Dome to celebrate cancer survivors, honor loved ones lost to the disease and fight back to end cancer. Part Two of this series explores the ways in which SU honors, mourns and remembers the fallen.

Typically, one mourns alone. Behind closed doors and under covers, you can hide the raw grief that demands release. The tears that escape honor your grandmother, your great aunt, your father, your loveable Rottweiler, your best friend.

One night of the year in the Carrier Dome, members of the Syracuse community grieve together. They openly share their vulnerability in a ceremony of remembrance for their lost loved ones. No closed doors or covers are needed.


Katie Hoole loves what she sees during Relay For Life. The energy is boundless, students goof around with their friends, people play games and sing and clap and dance.

But for one hour after sundown, the sophomore policy studies major watches more than 2,000 people fall silent in communal remembrance. At 10:15 p.m., the word “hope” lights up one end of the dome.

Read the rest of the article in The Daily Orange.