Relay For Life gives cancer survivors a reason to celebrate
Marcellus residents join American Cancer Society Event to honor local survivors and remember those lost to cancer July 12-13
A cancer diagnosis is scary, life changing and a reason to celebrate. Wait what was that last one? The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Marcellus invites the community to come and honor and celebrate the lives of cancer survivors. This overnight event is one of more than 4,500 across America held to recognize that cancer doesn't sleep and neither will we until we find the cure. Relay For Life is the largest grassroots fundraiser in the world and gives everyone an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Since the first Relay For Life, held in 1985 in Tacoma, Washington, the event has raised over $1.8 billion. In 2007, Relay For Life raised well over $300 million.
Relay For Life opens as cancer survivors of all ages walk, run, or otherwise move around the track for the first lap. This emotional time sets the stage for the importance of each participant's contribution. A festive atmosphere always develops around the track area as teams of 10 to 15 people make new friends and spend time with old ones while raising awareness and money to support cancer research, education, advocacy and local patient services.
The relay's first lap is for the survivors, along with their caregivers. They are then treated to a nice dinner reception. After that first lap, each team is asked to have at least one person walking the track at all hours or the day and night. Each team raises money through their different fundraisers, donations, and onsite sales. There is plenty of things for the community to take part in; games, food, and live entertainment - including Dusty Pascal, Joanne Perry, and much more.