Relay for Life 2017

On Friday, May 19th, Franklin High School held its annual Relay for Life event. Almost entirely run by volunteers, Relay for Life is an event that raises money for the American Cancer Society. The idea for Relay for Life was first conceived by Dr. Gordon Klatt in May 1985 when he walked around a track in Tacoma, Washington to help raise money for cancer research. The next year, 19 teams formed the first Relay and raised $33,000. Today, with over 3.5 million participants all over the world, Relay for Life has generated over $5 billion towards finding a cure. Students sign up as part of a team and take turns walking around the track to symbolically recognize those affected by cancer. The first lap, or the Survivor Lap, is walked by survivors and those currently affected by cancer. The second lap is the Caregiver Lap, which recognizes those who gave support to their loved ones impacted by cancer. As team members take turns walking the track, other participants can play games and engage in activities related to raising cancer awareness.

For every event, students pay a fee to signup as part of a team. During the event, team members take turns walking around a track to symbolically recognize those affected by cancer. The first lap, or the Survivor Lap, is walked by survivors and those currently affected by cancer. The second lap is the Caregiver Lap, which recognizes those who gave support to their loved ones impacted by cancer. As team members take turns walking the track, other participants can play games and engage in activities related to raising cancer awareness.

This year, hundreds of students and families came together to raise over $23,000. Students also had the opportunity to get a haircut and donate that hair to make wigs for cancer patients. Over 15 girls donated their hair.

Many companies like Carmex sponsored the event by setting up booths where they sold food and hosted other activities. Dozens of students danced and went wild in a Zumba session conducted by Zumba (another sponsor) in the middle of the gym.

  

If you didn’t do it this year, be sure to join the fun and help support cancer research next year!

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