The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes the community to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer. Groups of friends, families, neighbors and coworkers form teams to walk or run around a track during a 24-hour period to raise spirits, awareness and funds to fight cancer through American Cancer Society research, education, advocacy and patient and family services. Team members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising event in the nation.
"The funds raised through our Relay for Life events enable the American Cancer Society to continue their investment in the fight against cancer through research, education, advocacy and patient services," said Johna Rossetti, Publicity Chair for Juneau's Relay for Life event. "Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers and donors, the money raised by Relay for Life participants goes directly to the American Cancer Society's lifesaving research and programs."
This year's Relay for Life will be held at Dimond Park in the Valley from noon Saturday, July 10 through noon Sunday, July 11. Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay for Life is available by calling Johna Rossetti at 500-7383 or at www.relayforlifeofjuneau.org.
Cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) from Juneau are invited to walk the first lap of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life to celebrate their victory over cancer. Each cancer survivor will receive a free t-shirt and pin to wear while walking the track. Since this year's theme is "Celebrate More Birthdays," a birthday cake will be shared by all immediately following the Survivor's Lap. There is no cost to participate. Cancer survivors can call the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345 to register and request their t-shirt size or contact Julie Lawrenson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Families are also encouraged to attend and participate.
One important aspect of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the opportunity for people to come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those who have won their battle. The Luminaria Ceremony is one of the most moving parts of the event. As the sun sets over campsites and darkness falls, the night is brightened by the glow of illuminated bags called luminaria, each bearing the name of someone who has battled cancer. Some celebrate cancer survivors, while others help us honor and remember those gone too soon. If you would like to honor or remember someone with a luminaria during the Relay for Life Luminaria Ceremony, stop by Wings of Alaska's facilities. The cost is only $5 each or 3 for $10.