Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Lifes of Roanoke and Salem get underway with teams of residents gathering in the Roanoke Valley.
Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out 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 camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.
Relay For Life of Roanoke
June 14, 2013 at 7:00PM to June 15, 2013 at 7:00AM
Reserve Avenue Athletic Fields
Survivor Reception at 5:30PM in the Survivor Tent at Reserve Ave Athletic Fields
Relay For Life of Salem
June 14, 2013 at 7:00PM to June 15, 2013 at 10:00AM
Salem High School
Survivor Reception at 5:30PM in the Salem HS Cafeteria
Relay is a unique opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against the disease. Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that the Roanoke Valley is not immune to this disease and that by participating in Relay, the community is joining with the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Funds raised at the Relay For Lifes of Roanoke and Salem are enabling the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community. The funds help patients and their families receive access to programs such as free rides to treatment, support groups, free wigs, and 24/7 access to the American Cancer Society’s website cancer.org and their toll-free number 1-800-ACS-2345.
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 a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $10 by calling 540-774-2716 or by visiting www.RoanokeRelay.org or www.SalemRelay.org.
Also a part of the Roanoke and Salem Relay For Life events is the “Fight Back” Ceremony, in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action (e.g., stop smoking, eat more healthily, exercise regularly, etc.) in fighting back.
To locate a Relay For Life event and find out how you may get involved, please call 1-800-227-2345 or visit RelayForLife.org.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by 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. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Submitted by American Cancer Society, Inc.