Relay for Life is an American Cancer Society event where nobody fights cancer alone. At the Relay for Life, cancer survivors are invited to walk the first lap in a celebration of victory in their battle with cancer.
Before that, the 2011 Survivors Banquet will take place on Wednesday, July 20 at VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville.
The night will begin with entertainment and registration at 4 p.m. There will be door prizes, shirts and plenty of food for everybody given for free for cancer survivors and their caregivers.
The 2011 Relay for Life of Galax/Carroll will follow on Friday, July 22 at Tommy Thompson Field on the campus of Carroll County High School. The opening ceremonies, which include the Survivor Lap, will begin at 6 p.m., with registration starting at 5 p.m. Survivors can also register by visiting www.relayforlife.org/galaxcarroll.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising activity. It began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt of Tacoma, Wash., walked around a track for 24 hours and raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. Today, Relay for Life is the largest nonprofit fundraising activity in the world. While each community’s Relay for Life is unique, its greater power lies in the synergy created by all the Relays taking place worldwide.
Relay for Life begins with a survivor lap where all survivors are cheered on by well-wishing onlookers. Throughout the night, team members take turns walking on the track. At dusk, the lights are dimmed and the only light shines from the hundreds of candles inside luminaria bags that line the track in honor or memory of individuals touched by cancer. This is what Relay for Life is all about, celebrating, remembering and fighting back against cancer.
Funds generated through Relay for Life support your American Cancer Society both locally and nationally. By 2015, the Society aims to prevent close to 5 million additional deaths from cancer, avoid 6 million new cancer diagnoses and measurably improve the quality of life for those who have cancer. Community support is bringing the ACS closer to realizing these challenging goals.
At Relay for Life events, participants also become more knowledgeable about cancer prevention and early detection and learn more about services that are available to cancer patients and their families as well as opportunities to become more involved in the fight against cancer.
For more information about your local Relay for Life, call Community Manager Jane Roberts at 1-866-444-9442 or visit www.relayforlife.com/galaxcarroll.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit www.cancer.org.