We are quickly approaching the annual "Relay for Life," the fund-raising, awareness-raising event for cancer survivors, their friends and families, and the care-givers who make their lives better.For those who have never experienced one of these, please take time this year to seek one out and contribute.
They really do it right in our town. We meet at the High School track, and gather into teams. Each team has its own spot in the field, and many teams sell everything from food to trinkets to raffle tickets. Last year, they raffled off a high-powered carbon fiber rifle. Very expensive.
They begin by having all cancer survivors walk once around the track, then they are joined by family, care-givers, etc., until everyone is on the track. This all takes place in complete silence. Then, for the remainder of the night. each team must keep at least one person on the track. Some participants walk ALL NIGHT, putting in several miles worth of effort.
All proceeds from the night go to cancer research. Last year, our little town raised over $26,000.00 by itself. It is a very touching experience. Here is a photo from last year that I found particularly moving. I can't wait to see what they do this year.