This year’s Relay for Life will be held June 23 and 24, beginning at 9 a.m. at Lakeland High School.
Relay for Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in the LaGrange County area 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 LHS and take turns walking around a 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.
Anyone who wants to join the Relay or knows a survivor should call Suzanne at 269-503-3810 for more information.
The 24 hours is filled with special events.
Celebrate – The Survivors Lap: The Survivors Lap is an inspirational time when cancer survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories achieved over cancer. The Survivors Lap is an emotional example of how Relay participants are creating a world with more birthdays like those of each individual on the track. The Survivors Lap will be shortly after the Opening Ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 23. Survivors and caregivers are invited to stay for a free breakfast after their lap.
Remember – The Luminaria Ceremony: Relayfor Life honors 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. The Luminaria Ceremony will begin at approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.
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. The Fight Back Ceremony will be held in the afternoon on Saturday, June 23.
Hope – The Closing Ceremony. At the closing ceremony, Relayers will hear from someone who has benefited from one of the many American Cancer Society programs to share how the event’s fundraising efforts has impacted his or her life. The closing ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 24. New for this year’s event is a pancake breakfast fundraiser, open to the public, from 5:30-8 a.m. on Sunday morning. Everyone is invited to come for breakfast and be thanked for contributing to Relay for Life and providing hope for the future.
There are loads of additional activities each hour throughout the 24 hours, with a different activity relating to the event theme for this year, “Board Games.” There will be live bands, food, and plenty of entertainment to keep participants motivated for the full 24 hours.
Any business that would like to be a sponsor of the LaGrange County Relay for Life should contact Melanie at 854-4349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.