(Cushing, Okla.) Relay for Life 2011 is finally almost here. Opening ceremony starts at 7 p.m., Friday, May 6th at the Cushing High School track. All Survivors and their families are invited to the Survivor dinner at 6 p.m.
Relay for Life Event Chair Dedra Marotta invites all survivors to come and be honored as they walk the survivor lap at 7 p.m. "Some survivors are not able to walk," Marotta said, "but please come to be recognized. It is not expected that you walk."
The luminaria ceremony is at 9:30.
What is Relay For Life?
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relay For Life of Cushing is an overnight event from 7pm to 7am.
What Happens at Relay For Life events?
Although every Relay For Life is different, there are certain traditions at all Relays, no matter where they are held. These traditions help participants celebrate, remember, and fight back.
Celebrate - The Survivors Lap
Relay starts with a Survivors Lap - a inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories we've achieved over cancer. The Survivors Lap is an emotional example of how Relay participants are ensuring that more lives are saved each year - like those of each individual on the track. We also recognize and celebrate caregivers at Relay For Life. These individuals give their time, love, and support to friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers who face cancer. At Relay, people understand the frustrations and joys of being a caregiver, since the effects of cancer reach far beyond just the person diagnosed.
Remember - The Luminaria Ceremony
After dark, we honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence. As people take time to remember, those who have walked alongside others battling cancer can grieve and find healing. This is a time that truly highlights the importance of defeating this disease.
Fight Back - The Fight Back Ceremony
Last, there is a Fight Back Ceremony, where we make a personal commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer. That personal commitment may be to do something as simple as getting a screening test, quitting smoking, or talking to elected officials about cancer. By taking action, people are personally taking steps to save lives and fight back against a disease that takes too much.
Celebrate, remember, and fight back are themes that link all Relays events together.
If you have any questions, please contact Dedra Marotta, 918-223-6576 cell or 918-225-1957 work
Please join us to fight for a world with less cancer and MORE BIRTHDAYS! ! ! !