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Walk of Hope


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Whether you are a survivor or have provided caring support for a loved one, most of us have been touched by cancer in some way. Luminaria guests will have an opportunity to honor and remember those in their lives who have battled cancer by leaving a tribute at the Walk of Hope.

“Found it so very touching that on a special night enjoying all the luminarias and music, I was also able to add a remembrance of a loved one on the ‘Walk of Hope’.”
~ Comment from a 2011 Luminaria attendee.

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The Walk of Hope is a special, temporary interactive exhibit where Luminaria guests will be able to leave a tribute message on illuminated trellises that lead to a Palo Verde tree. 

Following our Luminaria event, the Palo Verde will be planted at the Garden as a symbol of ongoing hope, and the tributes will be offered to Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert.

Where will the Walk of Hope be located?

The Walk of Hope will be located in Ottosen Entry Garden near the entrance to the Desert Discovery Loop Trail.


As visitors enter the Walk of Hope, they will be greeted by Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center volunteers, who will help event guests write their personal message of hope and tie it to the trellises. No fee is required to leave a tribute.


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The Walk of Hope, combined with the thousands of Luminaria bags lining the Garden’s paths, will be a beacon of inspiration. Considering the 40,000 visitors anticipated for the month-long event, we anticipate that thousands of tributes will be collected, making the installation a compelling testament to the power of hope.

The Garden is honored to join forces with Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center to present this meaningful experience at Luminaria. The cancer center, which opened in 2011 on the campus of Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, features a four-story Lantern of Hope constructed of water-jet cut metal and steel that is illuminated in honor of all those who fight cancer in their lifetimes. 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.

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