Annual Relay for Life event to be held April 14-15
Friday, 20 April 2012 by Tanner Clarke
Cancer affects so many people. A total of 1,638,910 new cancer cases and 577,190 deaths from cancer are projected to occur in the U.S. in 2012 according to an article by Stacy Simon with the American Cancer Society. The good news is some people in our community are doing something to help.
This year's Relay for Life is being held at South Belton Middle School from 5 p.m. April 14 to 5 a.m. April 15. The relay is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
"Relay is an opportunity for people in the community to come together," Event Chair Amanda Curylo said. "To celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, remember those we have lost to cancer and fight back against this terrible disease."
The event, which is overnight to signify that cancer never sleeps, consists of teams of families, co-workers and friends who gather to raise money prior to, during and after the event. One member from each team is asked to be walking the track at all times.
There are also three ceremonies during the event. First is the opening ceremony at 7 p.m., which highlights Survivors by letting them take the first lap as a victory lap while the second lap is together with their caregivers.
"In between these three ceremonies, we have entertainment such as Zumba, the Mr. Relay Pageant, a Scavenger Hunt and other fun activities," Curylo said.
Last year they were able to raise $29,780.30 for cancer research. This year's goal is $32,000.
For more information, visit the website at www.relayforlife.org/beltontx.