Walk of Hope at the Desert Botanical Garden honors those affected by cancer
The monthlong event is being held Dec. 1 - 30 as a way to honor and remember those affected by cancer. Las Noches de las Luminarias is a holiday tradition at the Garden with more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags and musical groups performing nightly.
The Walk of Hope located at the entry of the Center for Desert Living Trail features illuminated structures leading to a decorated Palo Verde tree, often referred to as a "nurse plant" for its healing properties. Guests will have the opportunity to honor those in their lives who have battled cancer by leaving a personal message of hope on a tag which will hang from either the structures or the Palo Verde tree.
Following the Luminaria event, the Palo Verde tree will be planted at the Garden as a symbol of ongoing hope and the tributes will be offered to Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center features a four-story Lantern of Hope constructed of water-jet cut metal and steel that is illuminated in honor of all those who have fought or will fight cancer in their lifetime. Its pattern incorporates the leaves and branches of the Palo Verde tree, which shelters plants and animals beneath its branches, reflecting the center’s role of caring for cancer patients and their families. The Walk of Hope was created to be a beacon of inspiration and a compelling testament to the power of hope.