By Lisa Honig
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.
At Relay Marco Island, teams of people will camp out at the Marco Island Charter Middle School on April 13th and 14th 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. Relays are overnight events from 18 to 24 hours in length.
Although every Relay For Life is different, there are certain traditions at all Relays, no matter where they are held. These traditions help participants celebrate, remember, and fight back.
Celebrate – The Survivors Lap.
Relay starts with a Survivors Lap. This is an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories we’ve achieved over cancer. The Survivors Lap is an emotional example of how Relay participants are creating a world with more birthdays like those of each individual on the track. Marco Island will have a survivor luncheon immediately after the Survivors Lap at approximately 1 PM on April 13th.
Remember – The Luminaria Ceremony.
After dark, we honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand or cans, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence. Luminaria bags will be available at the event for you to personalize.
Fight Back Through Fundraising.
Lastly, there is chance to Fight Back against cancer through fundraising. In addition to what the fundraising teams do before the Relay, there are endless fundraising opportunities available onsite. From food, face painters, crafts and more, Relay teams will have plenty of ways for participants and visitors to support the fight against cancer.
No matter where you are, there’s a place for you at Relay. It’s not too late to start a team by signing up online or you can join us at the event and enjoy the activities, kids play area, music and food available for purchase with all proceeds benefitting your American Cancer Society. If you are a country music fan then you want to be sure to come out to hear One Night Rodeo perform on Saturday April 13th.
Thanks to Relay participants, we are creating a world with more birthdays and a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life.
For more information about Relay For Life, or how to become involved, please contact: Event Chair: Raul Medina 239-642-4187. Your American Cancer Society Staff: Wendy Rivera 239-642-8800 ext. 3890
If you would like to find out more about The American Cancer Society or would like to volunteer to serve on a committee or as a board member, please contact Lisa Honig at 239-642-8800 ext. 3891[email_link]