Last updated: July 18. 2013 7:20PM - 240 Views
Jack Latta
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PRESTONSBURG — The Christmas display at Archer Park is bringing cancer awareness front and center this year, with a new lighted memorial for cancer victims and survivors.

Only one display is lit up currently at the park, and that is the new display memorializing both those who have survived and those who have been victims of cancer.

The memorial holds special meaning for Archer Park manager Richie Schoolcraft, whose mother, Betsy Schoolcraft, died of cancer Oct. 8.

“There are just so many people who’ve been a victim of it or survived it. It’s larger than people realize. It touches a lot of families in one form or fashion,” Schoolcraft said.

Schoolcraft says the memorial has already received a lot of interest, with people calling in to ask about it.

“People can make their own ornaments in memory of someone, or for someone who is a survivor, and hang them on the display,” Schoolcraft said.

There are already a number of ornaments hanging at the display.

“People don’t realize how many people it touches until you start to think about it.”

The other Christmas displays will come alive next week, and all will remain lit until Jan. 1.

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