Relay for Life is Friday, May 13 at Franklin High School. Relay for Life is a life-changing event that allows all members of a community the opportunity to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones who were gone too soon and support those still fighting their battle with cancer.
Relay for Life is a program through the American Cancer Society. The main goal of Relay for Life is to educate individuals about cancer and help raise money to find a cure. Individuals create teams that work to fundraise money. Then, on the day of the event all the teams walk around a track. The first walk on the track is very important. All cancer survivors take the first lap on the track together. This is a time for the community to celebrate their victory over cancer and cheer them on as they complete their lap. After this first lap, others can join the survivors in walking on the track. One person from each team is asked to be walking on the track at all times to help symbolize the idea that cancer doesn’t stop or sleep for anyone. While walking on the track is an important aspect of Relay for Life, other fun, interactive activities also go on throughout the evening. These activities include scavenger hunts, three-legged races, cookie decorating and raffle prizes. Finally, the evening winds down with a powerful luminaria ceremony. A luminaria bag is a white paper bag that is personalized in honor, in memory, or in support of individuals impacted by cancer that individuals can create. When it starts to get dark out, a candle is placed in each bag and a peaceful luminaria lap is taken to acknowledge all the individuals impacted by cancer.
Relay for Life is a moving event that helps unite the community together and support and care for those impacted by cancer. Come to Relay for Life tomorrow to see what it’s all about and to join the fight against cancer.