We all know someone who has been touched by cancer—and we all know the frustrating feeling of helplessness that this disease evokes. But there is something we can do to fight back—something engaging, empowering and downright fun.
That something is the Relay For Life.
As the primary source of American Cancer Society funds, the Relay For Life is a national and international movement that takes place in well over five thousand communities nationwide. We are fortunate enough to have one of these events taking place right here in our own community—the Wissahickon Valley Relay For Life, to be held in May, 2014.
Relay For Life is an event that brings together a community to show its support for the fight against cancer, to remember those who have died and to celebrate cancer survivors. Teams of friends and family members take turns walking around the high school track to demonstrate their commitment to creating a world with less cancer. Some teams, particularly student ones, even choose to camp out overnight. Throughout the day and evening, there are moving ceremonies, goofy contests and great local entertainment. To view a short clip of the Relay experience, click here.
How can you get involved in this inspirational event? Join with family and friends to start a Relay For Life team. Teams form prior to Relay, generally during the winter or very early spring, to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Another possibility is to volunteer to help out on the day of Relay with the many tasks involved in running such a large community event. Finally, there is the opportunity to perform at Relay: those who have talents to share, such as singing, dancing or playing in a band, are invited to inquire about available entertainment time slots.
Regardless of how you choose to participate in the Relay For Life, it is simply inspiring to be part of a community that is taking up the fight against a disease that has taken so much from so many.
Contacts: Jodi Benjamin (planning committee member and local Relay For Life volunteer), firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-793-4097 and Eileen Quinn (American Cancer Society staff member), email@example.com, 404-329-5122