Relay For Life of Juneau, the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society, has once again shattered records this past weekend at Dimond Park. Juneau set a goal to raise $72,000 and has announced that they have passed $98,000 in their quest to help save lives, help local cancer patients and support efforts to eliminate cancer suffering and death.
The Relay For Life began Friday with 36 of the 54 registered survivors able to walk in the opening Survivors Lap, and then one member from each of the 41 teams were walking or running each hour of the 24-hour event. Entertainment arranged by Alaska Music One entertained the 390+ participants and kept energy levels up throughout the event.
At midnight, 500+ luminaria surrounded the track and wrote out the word HOPE at Dimond Park in honor of those living with cancer and in memory of those who have lost their battle to the disease. Later in the night there was a surprise appearance of the local group Lifeglowzon who wowed the small crowd with their light show which included fire blowing and flame lit hula hoops.
Saturday morning, campers woke to the sounds of activities such as Zumba that kept those not walking the track energetic and motivated. Throughout the day special awards were presented to top fundraising teams and individuals. There are seventeen individuals in Juneau that were recognized for joining the Grand Club, which is done by personally fundraising $1,000. Fundraising continues through the end of August and then top individuals and teams will be recognized. The event committee has taken up the goal of passing $100K and is in a friendly competition with the Relay in Homer.
Some of the team fundraising this season involved a wine and beer tasting with dessert auction, a raffle for a 4-wheeler, purple toilets, Denim Days for Relay, Krispy Kreme’s, and lots of garage sales, bake sales and craft sales. On several occasions you could find teams at one of the malls as the American Cancer Society ‘Painted Juneau Purple’ and raised awareness.
On Saturday evening the silent auction concluded at 5pm allowing a short time to tabulate money raised so that it could be announced at the closing ceremony.
“There was a lot of hard work that went in to preparing for this event, and the residents of Juneau came out in record numbers to spend hours walking the track and supporting a cause that affects all of us,” said Anna Dindinger, volunteer event chair for 2012 Relay For Life Juneau.
“It is very humbling,’ Dindinger continued, “to live in a community that really picks up and supports this fight against cancer. Juneau residents have certainly done their part to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. We appreciate all of the support. The teams worked so hard to raise the money, and we are especially grateful to the families and friends who participated, as well as the sponsors, who made this event possible.” she added.
Relay For Life is a life changing 24-hour event that brings together teams from local businesses, schools, churches and families for fun, food, music, entertainment and a night under the stars, while team members take turns walking or running on a track. Relay For Life begins with a Cancer Survivors Lap and a reception to celebrate life. The monies raised from this event will support the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives and create more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and fighting back.
As the largest nonprofit health organization in the United States, the American Cancer Society is committed to continuing to help those facing cancer and save lives. We appreciate the support that residents have generously provided, and we hope that everyone will continue to support us in our quest to eliminate this disease.
For information about Relay For Life or about cancer, call toll-free anytime 1-800-227-2345 or visit the American Cancer Society Web site at cancer.org. The local website is juneaurelay.org.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.