Light Up the Night This Weekend at Flames of Hope

The seventeenth annual event, honoring lives lived and lost with breast cancer, features a celebration of lights, fireworks, food, music and more.

Photograph courtesy of Gloria Gemma Foundation/Josh Grab.

Light up the night in pink on October 1 and 2 for Gloria Gemma’s seventeenth annual Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life. Created in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the purpose of sparking a movement to inspire awareness, compassion and support for those impacted by cancer, the weekend-long celebration features bright lights, fireworks, food, music and more.

The festivities kick off Saturday morning with the Passport to Survivorship Expo at the Rhode Island Convention Center. This public, health-focused event brings together the latest in medical treatments and holistic care through more than forty vendors, interactive health exhibits, health screenings, learning sessions and more. This year’s national keynote speaker is Dr. Jennifer Arnold, a cancer survivor and costar of the reality series, “Little Couple.” Admission is free and the expo takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The celebrations will continue into the evening with the Celebration of Life Festival at Station Park. The festival will feature the Illuminations of Life Ceremony and Torch Procession. This ceremony remembers those lost to cancer, honors those who have survived and pays tribute to those who still continue their fight through moving music and a beautifully choreographed ballet routine. The performance is punctuated by fireworks and lighting the State House aglow in pink. After the ceremony and procession, attendees are welcome to stick around for food trucks, a free concert, dancing and activities. If you are interested in further supporting the Gloria Gemma Foundation, you can also buy tickets to that night’s VIP Pink Party and/or the Taste of Hope Food and Wine Tasting.

Flames of Hope will conclude Sunday morning with the annual Gloria Gemma 5K. This race is the foundation’s largest fundraiser and helps fund free programs and support services for those affected by cancer. Wear pink to show support and join the river of pink runners as it flows through the streets of Providence. Learn more at