Folks gathered in Brewer Thursday night to light a special tree.In years past the Lights of Hope tree has stood outside Eastern Maine Medical Center.This year it’s at the new Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer.Each light is a tribute to loved ones whose lives have been touched by cancer.Family members and friends purchased the lights in their honor, with proceeds supporting patient services at the cancer center.Albert Messer and his late wife, Marge, both were treated at the old Cancer Care of Maine. He says the new facility gives everyone hope. “We talk about hope and goodness knows, we all have hope for something every day of our life,” Albert told TV5 on Thursday. “If you give up hope, you’ve kind of given up. So, what a wonderful place to continue to have hope and once a year, I look forward to this.”This year the Lights of Hope tree raised nearly $20,000 for technology and support services at Cancer Care of Maine.