People often ask me what Relay for Life is or automatically assume it is a race of some sort. Relay is the most popular fundraising event for the American Cancer Society and yet it surprises me just how many people are not familiar with it.
Relay for Life is an overnight event which usually takes place in a park or at a school. Participants form teams (ours is “Hopping Towards a Cure”) and spend the evening walking the track. Everyone essentially camps out for the evening and there are plenty of activities for all ages.
Survivors are honored with the first lap around the track, followed by their caregivers for the second lap. Throughout the evening there are various themed laps for fun and entertainment. At dark there is a Luminaria ceremony. Luminaria bags are decorated and lit up to honor our survivors and to remember those lost to cancer. This is one of my favorite parts of Relay.
Of course there is so much more to it. I really believe it is a great experience to attend a Relay event. All events are open to everyone, so I would suggest checking it out. Of course, everyone is welcome at our event on Friday, June 21st :)
For more information on Relay for Life, or to find an event near you, please follow the link. http://www.relayforlife.org/learn/index