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Home News and Update Year 2010 Hundreds participate in Relay for Life to fight cancer - The Money Times

Hundreds participate in Relay for Life to fight cancer - The Money Times

There are some communities that have already held the relay, but others are gearing up for the big event, which lasts for 24 hours.

Relay for Life was also organized at Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University in Ohio Friday night where many participated to show their support, and celebrate the life of those who have survived cancer.

Also, a relay kick started at Warren County New York, Friday night. Hundreds turned out for the relay at the Desert Sun Stadium in Yuma, Arizona as well.

There are many supporters who have taken to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life Facebook page, to talk about the marathons they participated in.

A supporter named Pamela Blackshire wrote Saturday, “I walked my first Relay at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK last night! I did it for my friend and thyroid cancer survivor, Sharlene and in memory of my aunt who was taken by breast cancer and my grandmother who survived breast cancer only to be taken by lung cancer.......Relay For Life is a very powerful event......Celebrate. Remember. FIGHT BACK!!!”

Upcoming events
Like the events held over the weekend, many are also planned for the month ahead.

The Henderson County in Texas will be organizing a Relay for Life at the Athens Rodeo Arena on May 14-15. The county has so far registered 180 participants, and raised $2,860 in donation.

The birth of the relay dates back to May 1985, when Dr. Gordon Klatt, a colorectal surgeon from Tacoma, Washington, raised money for the cancer patients by walking around the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington for 24 hours..

Further, the Henderson County in North Carolina will be holding Little Miss Relay at North Henderson High School on May 21.

The event is aimed at teaching young girls “value of helping others and getting involved with their community.” Young girls, till age 12 years, will be asked to collect donation, and the one who collects maximum amount will be crowned the 2010 Little Miss Relay.

Similarly, a relay will be held at Canyon High School in Anaheim, California on May 15.

Tracking down the birth of relay
The birth of the relay dates back to May 1985, when Dr. Gordon Klatt, a colorectal surgeon from Tacoma, Washington, raised money for the cancer patients by walking around the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington for 24 hours.

When Klatt walked around the track, people paid $25 to run or walk 30 minutes with him. In 24 hours, he walked around 83 miles and raised $27,000 for the cancer patients.

Since then relays are being held, and teams of people gather at local high school, park, etc and take turns walking or running around a track or path. As it is said that cancer never sleeps, the relays extend to 24 hours.

Traditions being observed over the years
Though the relays differ from community to community, there are certain traditions which are observed almost everywhere.

For instance, the Survivor Lap. In this lap, people who have survived cancer are a part of the relay. Many communities also organize survivor dinner, where people come together and share their experiences.

Then there is Luminaria ceremony, where people gather to remember the loved ones who have died, or honor those who are fighting cancer. The participants place candles in Luminaria bags, each one carrying the name of the person touched with cancer.

The last is the Fight Back ceremony, which is towards the end of the relay event. Here people make commitments to fight cancer by taking action and spreading awareness of cancer research, treatments, and prevention.

Anyone can participate in the Relay for life, and show their support to fight the disease. To know about the events being organized in the nation, one can visit the Relay for Life site, www.relayforlife.org, and join hundreds to fight back against cancer.



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