This Friday, June 13th, walkers will go around-the-clock in the battle against cancer when the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life for the Greater Valley Area gets underway with approximately 25 teams gathering at the West Point City Park. 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.
The theme for this year’s event is Relay Goes Hollywood “Lights, Camera, Cure” Take Action Against Cancer.
Last year’s Relay was a huge success, and allowed what was formerly the Chambers County Relay for Life to exceed $1 million over the course of the event. This year’s event was moved out of Chambers County, into West Point and was renamed the Greater Valley Area Relay for Life.
Friday’s events will feature opening ceremonies, a survivor walk and the Luminaria ceremony. In addition, 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.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and one of every three deaths is from cancer. 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.