We Cannot Direct the Wind, but We Can Adjust the Sails
Have you ever taken part in a Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society? They’re incredible and one of the most impactful experiences you may ever be a part of. According to their website, “It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all.”
The idea of Relay for Life started in 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society. As the years went on, people joined him and it has since become a worldwide phenomenon and since then, almost 4 million people all around the world take part!
Relay for Life lasts for 12 hours and have special laps to recognize people and how cancer has affected their lives. The first lap around the course is the Survivors’ Lap to celebrate their victory over cancer while being cheered on by everyone in attendance. There is also the Luminaria Ceremony which happens after dark where candles are lit to remember those who we’ve lost, honor people who have fought and support those who fight still continues. It’s beautiful!
Coming up in two weeks is one of the largest Relay for Life events in the area, at Joe Bruno Stadium at 12:00PM on September 24-25. To create a team or donate to this amazing cause, check out their WEBSITE and FACEBOOK PAGE. You can also check out live music from Whiskey Highway 4:00PM-6:00PM!
If you can’t be there in person, you can donate via the website listed above, buying a luminaria bag or track sign to either encourage those walking or remember someone you’ve lost to cancer. Relay for Life is unlike any fundraising event you’ll ever been a part of and everyone has been affected by cancer in some way. Let’s get together and fight for the end to cancer!
[Quote by Anonymous]