Posted on April 19, 2016
Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement.
At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds raised truly make a difference in the fight against cancer—just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year!
Relay For Life teams take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground. And because cancer never takes a break, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.
This year, Grover C. Fields Middle School will host the Craven County Relay For Life on April 23, from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. To participate or donate, contact Erin Fox or visit the event site here.
What Is Relay For Life?
In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since those first steps, the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer.
Today, in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries, Relay For Life events comprise the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Each event is special to its community, but the movement’s true power lies in the combined commitment of thousands of participants, volunteers, and supporters across the country helping the American Cancer Society save lives.
Why Donations are Crucial
While the American Cancer Society is making progress toward a world without cancer, the dedication and fundraising efforts of local communities greatly helps the fight against the disease. Each person who shares the Relay For Life experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where cancer will no longer threaten loved ones or rob anyone of another birthday.
Donations and support make a difference in many ways:
For more than 65 years, the American Cancer Society has been finding answers that save lives—from changes in lifestyle to new approaches in therapies to improving cancer patients’ quality of life. No single non-governmental, not-for-profit organization in the U.S. has invested more to find the causes and cures of cancer.
Where to stay and how to afford accommodations are immediate concerns for cancer patients who must travel away from home for the best treatment. American Cancer Society Hope Lodge facilities provide a free and comfortable place for patients and their caregivers to stay, so they can focus on getting well.
Road To Recovery
Cancer patients frequently cite transportation to and from treatment as one of their most critical needs. The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program matches cancer patients with specially-trained volunteer drivers.
Look Good…Feel Better
This free service teaches women battling cancer beauty techniques to help them improve their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Volunteer beauty professionals demonstrate makeup techniques, nail care, skin care, and options related to hair loss.
Reach To Recovery
The Reach To Recovery support program matches specially-trained breast cancer survivors with people who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer and want to talk to someone who’s been there. These dedicated volunteers offer understanding, support, and hope.
How You Can Participate in Relay for Life
The Craven County Relay For Life will take place April 23, 2016 at Grover C. Fields Middle School. The day is scheduled as follows:
Opening Ceremony: 9:00 a.m.
The Opening Ceremony brings everyone together for a high-energy event kick-off that celebrates the lives of those who’ve battled cancer and reminds attendees that while we are winning the battle, fighting cancer is a year-round priority.
Survivors Lap: 6:00 p.m.
Cancer survivors take the first lap around the track. Cheered on by other participants and the sound of upbeat music, the Survivors Lap allows all cancer survivors to celebrate their victory over cancer.
Caregivers Lap: Immediately following Survivors Lap
During the Caregivers Lap, anyone who ever cared for someone with cancer walks a special lap so they can be honored. Caregivers can walk this lap with the person they helped if they are also present.
Luminaria Ceremony: 9:00 p.m.
The candlelight Luminaria Ceremony remembers loved ones lost to cancer, support people who currently have cancer, and honors those who fought cancer in the past. It’s a powerful part of the event because it provides an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope.
Closing Ceremony: Immediately following Luminaria Ceremony
The Closing Ceremony celebrates the day’s events and is also a time to remember the lives of those lost and to commit to continuing the fight against this disease over the next year.
If you have questions about this or any other cancer-related healthcare issue, contact the providers at CCHC New Bern Cancer Center by calling (252) 636-5135 or visiting www.newberncancercare.com.
(Sources: RelayForLife.org; American Cancer Society; and Coastal Carolina Health Care.)