This Friday, June 21st, walkers will go around-the-clock in the battle against cancer when the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Chambers County gets underway with more than 30 teams gathering at the Chambers County Agriculture Park. Event organizers are expecting nearly 1,000 people to attend the event and support a common purpose, the American Cancer Society’s mission. The all-night event begins at 6 pm CST and ends at 6 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 formed 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.
Sheriff Sid Lockhart has been chosen to serve as honorary chair for Chambers County’s Relay. The event will be dedicated to Sheriff Lockhart and his efforts, as a Relay team member, planning committee member, supporter and cancer survivor.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Team Up For A Cure,’ and the 2013 fundraising goal is $125,000. If the goal is met, then Chambers County’s Relay for Life efforts, which began in 2002, will have exceeded the $1 million mark.
The opening ceremonies will begin at 6 pm and feature the Southern Expression Drill team and a message from Chambers’ Relay event chair Linda Sanders.
Immediately following the opening ceremonies, 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.
The emcee for this year’s event will be John Lott and there will be music, games and activities throughout the evening for everyone in the family.
The fundraising will be ongoing throughout the night, as teams will have on-site activities to help reach their goals. These fundraisers include a variety of foods and games. There will also be several food vendors on site.
“Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against the disease,” said Event Chair Linda Sanders. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that Chambers County 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.”
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and one of every three deaths is from cancer. More than 1.3 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2013 and since 1990, nearly 17 million new cancer cases have been diagnosed. In the United States, men have a one in two lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women the risk is one in three. Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated.
Sanders did note that the event would be rescheduled should weather disrupt the events.
For more information contact Amanda Fowler at Amanda.Fowler@cancer.org or call 334-703-2280 or visit www.facebook.com/chambersrfl.