LaGrange County Relay for Life returns to the Lakeland High School track for 24 hours this weekend in support of the American Cancer Society.
Although every Relay for Life is different, there are certain traditions shared by all Relays, no matter where they are held. These traditions help the community celebrate, remember, and fight back.
Relay for Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in LaGrange County a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. It provides funding to support programs and research of the American Cancer Society.
At Relay, teams of people camp out at Lakeland High School and take turns walking around the track. Because cancer never sleeps, the event is 24 hours in length. Relayers do not have to walk all night, but each team is encouraged to have a representative on the track at all times during the event.
Special traditions include:
Celebrate – The Survivors Lap. The Survivors Lap is an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories achieved over cancer. The Survivors Lap will begin shortly after the Opening Ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 23. Survivors are invited to stay for a free breakfast after their lap.
Remember – The Luminaria Ceremony. People who have been touched by cancer and loved ones lost to the disease are remembered during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside paper sacks, each one decorated for a person touched by cancer, and participants will conclude the ceremony by walking a lap in silence.
Fight Back – The Fight Back Ceremony. At the Fight Back Ceremony, Relayers make a personal commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer. Become an advocate and learn how you can make a difference in your community.
Survivor Pamela Miltner will be speaking at The LaGrange County Relay For Life Fight Back Ceremony and Balloon Release at 1 p.m. Miltner previously lived in Kendallville and LaGrange, and is now in Indianapolis adamantly working to fight cancer.
Hope – The Closing Ceremony. At the Closing Ceremony, Relayers will hear from someone who has benefited from one of the many America Cancer Society programs on how the event’s fundraising efforts has impacted his or her life.
New for this year’s event, a pancake breakfast fundraiser open to the public will be held Sunday morning from 5:30-8 a.m. Everyone is invited to come for breakfast and be thanked for contributing toward Relay for Life and providing hope for the future.
There will be special contests, activities, contests, and live bands going on continually through the 24 hours of Relay.
A special survivor group photo is planned for 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, just prior to the Survivors Victory Lap.
Do you know a cancer survivor or caregiver you’d like to attend? Join them for part of the event or the entire 24 hours to learn about Relay and how you can make a difference. Admission is free and donations are accepted for the American Cancer Society.