Madison’s walkers go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. This “celebration of life” brings numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer together for a unified effort to fight back.
Teams of enthusiastic citizens will gather at the Madison County High School Track for an overnight relay against cancer from 6:00 pm on April 27 until noon on April 28.
Relay For Life is a unique fundraising event that allows participants from all walks of life — including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic organizations, churches and community volunteers — to join together to fight cancer. Relay For Life reminds us that progress has been made in the fight against cancer and that everyone who participates is making a difference.
Relay For Life opens as cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) walk or wheelchair the first lap. This is an emotional time and sets the stage for the importance of each participant’s contribution. A festive atmosphere always develops around the track area at these events. As you make new friends and spend time with old ones, the Relay heats up and the camp-out begins. An atmosphere of camaraderie is created with team members entertaining each other: eating, playing games, and, of course, walking for a great cause.
Highlighting the evening is the Luminaria Ceremony held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have lost the battle against cancer. The luminarias line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions.
“Relay For Life is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fund raiser,” said Marcia Webb, Madison County event chair. “Many of the participants will be people who have dealt with cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made in reducing cancer death rates and in the quality of life following cancer treatment.
“The funds raised will enable us to continue our investment in the fight against cancer through educational programs, research and services to patients,” said Webb. “Due to the generosity of corporate sponsors, the money raised by participants goes directly to the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving programs.”
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.
Information about how to form a team or become involved in the Madison County Relay For Life is available by calling Marsha Webb at 973-2400 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.