Walking with a purpose: Making strides against cancer
June 26, 2013
Cancer survivors take part in a ceremonial lap of honor at Carroll Athletic Field during the 2012 Carroll County Relay for Life. This year’s celebration will begin at 4 p.m. and a Celebration of Life ceremony will be at 8 p.m. followed by the lighting of hundreds of luminarias that will circle the running track at the stadium. A fun run and walk will be held at midnight, and the closing ceremony will be at 7 a.m.
With the message that the journey to end cancer starts with a single step, the American Cancer Society invites everyone to join the Relay for Life in Carroll County on Friday, June 28, at the Carroll Athletic Field stadium.
This year's event will begin at 4 p.m. with gates opening at 2. Relay for Life is a community event for anyone who has been touched by cancer. Participants of all ages come together to celebrate the lives of survivors, to remember loved ones lost, and to fight back against the disease that has affected so many.
Following are a schedule of activities, along with highlights of special features of the Relay.
2013 event co-chaircouples are Beth and Dirk Glynn and Jon and Dr. Michelle Heim. There is still time to join a Relay team, make a donation, purchase a luminary or volunteer to help with any aspect of the event. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society Carroll office at 712-794-0110 or visit www.relayforlifecarrollcountyia.
CELEBRATING SURVIVORS AND CAREGIVERS
Join fellow survivors, families, and friends for a day to celebrate, remember, and fight back.
Cancer survivors are invited to stop by the survivors' tent at the northwest stadium entrance to register and to receive a 2013 Survivor pin and a Survivor T-shirt and sash if they did not receive them last year. Valet parking and wheelchairs will be available throughout the event. Caregiver sashes for friends and family will be available for $3.
The survivors' reception will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Recreation Center, and the Celebration of Life ceremony at 8 p.m., followed by the Survivors' and Caregivers' Laps.
CELEBRATE THE MEMORIES
Stop by the Celebrate the Memories tent throughout the day for quiet reflection. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a special opportunity to share reflections, prayers and memories.
LIGHT THE WAY TO A CURE
Relay offers everyone the opportunity to make a luminary donation to honor survivors, to remember those who have lost their cancer battle, or to recognize anyone instrumental in the fight against cancer. These luminaria will be lighted on the evening of the Relay and will be left burning through the night to remind participants of the importance of their contributions in the fight to eliminate cancer.
A 5/10K non-competitive fun run/walk around the track kicks off the overnight portion of Relay. A $25 donation qualifies participants to receive an event T-shirt. Walk or run to find a cure against cancer and let the luminaria light the way around the track. Contact Michelle Steffes at 210-1313 or sign up at the registration tent at the Relay.
RELAY FOR LIFE
Many activities are planned for Relayers who take part in the overnight portion. Following the midnight run/walk, enjoy a variety of activities. Or, just come out to the track anytime through the overnight hours to enjoy a stroll and quiet reflection time by the glow of the luminaria ringing the track.
Each year, hundreds of volunteers support the Relay, with the involvement of more than 350 volunteers just on the day of the Relay. Opportunities include food services, hospitality, Cancer Smart Shop, kids' activities and entertainment, luminaria, and survivor activities. Volunteers also help with set-up, cleanup, registration and accounting. Contact Mary Baumhover at the volunteer registration tent.
The silent auction made its debut at the 2011 Relay and was such a hit, it will be making a return this year. The auction tent will be located on the south end of the Athletic Field, with bidding open from 4 to 7:45 p.m. The auction is a voluntary activity open to teams and other Relayers, businesses, organizations and individuals. There is no minimum value for the items donated for the auction. Money raised through the auction will be credited to the group/individual who donated the auction items. Auction items will be accepted at the Relay starting at 2 p.m. Contact Donna Badding-Fleener at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the American Cancer Society office at 794-0110 for more information.
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