Jaila Smith ’14
The Relay for Life event is for cancer survivors, patients, caretakers and families who lost a loved one to cancer, or anyone who supports the cause.
One chapter of Relay for Life will be held at Blossom Heath Park in St. Clair Shores on June 8-9, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. the next day. It is an overnight event where teams of people camp around the track. Members of each team take turns walking around the track for the duration of the event.
There will be food, games and other activities that provide entertainment & fundraising opportunities. It’s a family-friendly environment for the entire community. So far there are 775 participants, 57 teams and $60,394 raised in the country.
There are three ceremonies that take place during the event. There is the Luminaria Ceremony, where candles are lit inside of a decorated bag filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, the lighting is followed by a lap of silence.
The second activity is The Survivors Lap. The participating survivors of cancer circle around the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories that they and their friends or family members achieved over cancer. The last ceremony is the fight back ceremony, the participants make a personal commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer
Anyone can participate in the relay for life by joining a team or creating of their own. Each participant must pay a registration fee of $10 (which can be done online or through a local American Cancer Society Chapter.)