Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the 16th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Rochester gets underway with teams of residents gathering at Stoney Creek High School at 9:00 a.m. on June 21st through 9:00 am on June 22nd.
Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. It is a fun event that brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life in an effort to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.
“Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together, said Dave Thompson, event chair. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which reminds us that our community is not immune to this disease and that by participating in Relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”
Funds raised at Relay For Life are enabling the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community through programs like Road to Recovery which provides free transportation to and from treatment for cancer patients; Reach to Recovery, a program that pairs breast cancer patients with trained survivors to offer support and advice; clinical trials matching service; and access to live-saving information at any hour day or night.
Relay For Life’s Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bears the name of someone who has battled cancer. Community members may purchase a luminaria for $10.00 at our event website.
Also a part of the Relay For Life it the “Fight Back” Ceremony, in which Relay participants are challenged to make a personal pledge of action (e.g., stop smoking, eat more healthily, exercise regularly, etc.) in fighting back.
Anyone interested in learning more about Relay for Life or in joining a team are encouraged to please contact Rachel Leas by phone at 248.663.3436 ext. 3436 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can visit the website at www.relayforlife.org/rochestermi to get more information on the event, start a team online or make a donation. You can also follow the event on Facebook at “Relay for Life of Greater Rochester.”