Teams are gearing up to raise money for Relay for Life this spring.
We wanted to pass along the events near us and more details on how they help.
Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path.
Each event is 6-24 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps.
Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither do we.
Each team sets up a themed campsite at the event and continues their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities.
This money will count towards their overall team fundraising goal.
Relay For Life is a grass roots, community-based team event.
Although every Relay For Life event is different, they do have a few things in common.
1. Opening Ceremony
Time to get started. The event is kicked off the event by honoring everyone who’s been affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s Relay season.
2. Survivor/Caregiver Walk
Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events. To honor their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn’t matter if you were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, you can walk while everyone gathers together to cheer you on.
3. Luminaria Ceremony
During this ceremony they represent everyone touched by cancer with a Luminaria. Each light represents a life—a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or a support for a person still fighting the disease. It’s a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers comfort and hope.
4. Closing Ceremony
Our closing ceremony is the time to commit to take action and help lead the fight for a world free from cancer. It’s a time to celebrate what we’ve accomplished together and a time to unify for the work that needs to be done moving forward.
Now that you know more of what each event accomplishes, we wanted to pass along the upcoming events in our area for your references: