This Friday, June 15th, walkers will go around-the-clock in the battle against cancer when the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Chambers County gets underway with more than 40 teams of over 350 residents gathering at the Chambers County Agriculture Park. The all-night event begins at 7 pm CST and ends at 7 am.
Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fund-raising event, bringing communities together in hope, celebration and memory. It is a unique event that offers everyone in the community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. The event remembers those who have lost that fight and honors those who have survived.
Because Relay For Life is a community event, everyone is encouraged to participate. Teams are made of 10 to 15 people form from businesses, churches, schools, family and friends. During the event, team members take turns walking and camping out overnight. Each participant is encouraged to raise at least $100 for the American Cancer Society.
The theme for this year’s event is Relay Rodeo, which makes this year’s venue a perfect setting. The opening ceremony will have a traditional rodeo feel to it, with a performance from the Chambers County Saddle Club’s Drill Team and with the National Anthem being performed by Ashley Noles.
The local community’s cancer survivors will be introduced and then make the “Celebration of Life” lap around the track. Each survivor will receive a Relay for Life Survivor Medal at the beginning of the lap.
Relay For Life’s Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown at approximately 9 pm CST. The Luminaria Ceremony honors the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track, which will be surrounded with glowing Luminaria that bears the name of someone who has battled cancer.
Luminaries may be purchased for $5.00 in advance by calling Christy Thompson at 706-590-3981 or on the night of the event until 8 pm CST.