VALPARAISO | The community is invited to celebrate the lives of those who have survived cancer, remember those lost to cancer and empower others to fight back at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Valparaiso on Friday and Saturday at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 1600 Roosevelt Road.
Relay For Life is a family event where teams from local companies, schools, clubs and organizations keep at least one member walking the track throughout the night. A full agenda of entertainment is planned, including music, fundraising activities, theme laps and contests.
“Relay For Life raises awareness about the progress against cancer while raising funds to fight the disease,” event co-chair Kim Rushmore said. “We have 29 teams this year and we hope to raise over $60,000.”
The event will begin on Friday with the opening ceremony at 5 p.m., followed by the Survivors Lap. This inspiring lap honors cancer survivors as they join together to walk the track – unified in victory and hope. Other highlights of the event include the Miss Relay pageant at 7 p.m., the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m., the Caregivers Lap at 10 p.m., Fight Back Ceremony at 10:30 p.m. and Candlelight Ceremony at midnight.
“I encourage everyone to come out to the event to cheer on cancer survivors and remember everyone touched by cancer,” Rushmore said.
Luminaria in memory or in honor of someone touched by cancer may be purchased at the event, and will line the track all night. All donations for luminaria and Relay For Life go toward the American Cancer Society’s mission to fight back against cancer.
For more information, contact Liz Manning, American Cancer Society community representative, at (219) 510-7666 or visit www.relayforlife.org/valpoin.