The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities
across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back
against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking
or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event.
Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.
The Survivors Lap
Relay features a Survivors Lap an inspirational time when survivors
are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories we’ve achieved over cancer. The Survivors
Lap is an emotional example of how Relay participants are creating a world with more birthdays like those of each individual
on the track.
The Luminaria Ceremony
After dark, we honor people who have been touched by cancer, support
those who are still fighting, and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are
lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap
Mary Ann's follow up reports have been EXCELLENT, progress being
made and good results each visit to the doctor. The tumor has shrunk, treatments are working. WISHING FOR A 100 % CANCER FREE
RECOVERY MARY ANN.
Relay for life 2007 was the first time I ever attended this event
from start to finsh in July. My two friends Ron Faust and Karla Springer were just two of the cancer survivors that I walked
for. Official ceremony starts at 6pm, Friday and from there people walk the O'gorman track until 7am sat. This
is non-stop event, folks are walking through out the night.
When it gets dark, the track lined up with lumi bags with a candle inside are lit. This event
is a very emotional time. Over on the bleachers, the word HOPE is spelled out with lumi bags.