Monday, April 30, 2012
At Relay events, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relay events are up to 24 hours long.
A survivor is anyone who has ever heard the words “You have cancer.” We invite all cancer survivors in the community to attend Relay For Life because they are the reason we relay.
Our goal is to create a world where more people survive cancer – so they can celebrate another birthday. This year, nearly 12 million people will be able to do that thanks to the support of millions of dedicated Relay participants.
Survivors are the guests of honor at Relay events. There may be special T-shirts or sashes or a special reception for survivors and caregivers. Most Relay events open with the Survivors Lap, where survivors lead the way around the track while participants honor and applaud them. Being a part of the Survivors Lap allows survivors to celebrate what they’ve overcome while inspiring and motivating their community to fight. Survivors are proof that cancer can be defeated.
A Chance to Remember
As the sun sets over campsites and darkness falls, the night is brightened by the glow of illuminated bags called luminaria, each bearing the name of someone who has battled cancer. Some celebrate cancer survivors, while others help us honor and remember those gone too soon. All represent someone special who has been profoundly affected by cancer and the family and friends who continue to fight back in their honor.
Everyone’s reason to relay is as unique as their own personal story. At Relay events, you can find healing, comfort, and support from others who have faced cancer or who have lost a loved one to the disease. You have a chance to meet people in the community who are equally as passionate about finding an end to cancer in our lifetime. You can thank all the people who have done so much to support you through your personal cancer experience. And you can gather together with friends, family, and colleagues to laugh, cry, and create lasting memories.
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