'Relay' brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life - all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease. Relay For Life events are held as individuals and teams gather at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their Relay.
"Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we've lost, and fight back against the disease," said Myla Stoneking, co-chair of the Relay.
"Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that Cherokee county is not immune to this disease and that by participating in Relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society's efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays," Stoneking added.
Funds raised at Relay For Life of Cherokee County are enabling the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community.
Relay For Life's Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community's cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle the park that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $10 by calling 229-5394 or by visiting www.main.acsevents.org.
To learn more about Relay for Life or the American Cancer Society call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.