Archive for Wednesday, April 26, 2000

Relay for Life set for Saturday, Sunday run

April 26, 2000

Baldwin's walkers and runners go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. This "celebration of life" brings numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer together for a unified effort to fight back.

Teams of enthusiastic citizens from all walks of life will gather at Baker University's Liston Stadium for a 12 hour relay against cancer from 8 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's version of an athletic relay, but with a new twist. Relay for Life is a family-oriented event where participants enjoy the camaraderie of a team and also raise funds to support the activities of the American Cancer Society. Participant's camp out in Liston Stadium and when they are not taking their turn walking or running, take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment. Teams from Baker University, and local businesses and civic groups collect donations and can win individual and team prizes for their efforts.

Relay for Life opens as cancer survivor's walk, run or wheelchair the first lap. This is an emotional time and sets the stage for the importance of each participant's contribution.

Highlighting the event is the luminary service held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have lost the battle against cancer. Those luminaries line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions.

"Relay for Life brings the progress against cancer to the forefront," said Grace Vaughn, one of the co-chairs for this year's event. "Many participants are our family, friends, and neighbors who have been cured of cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made not in cancer cure rates, but in the quality of life following cancer treatment."

"The funds raised enable us to continue our investment in the fight against cancer through educational programs, research and services to patients," said co-chair Susan Hoffman.

There is still time for people to become involved in Baldwin's Relay for Life. Luminaries to honor survivors and as a memorial to those that have lost the battle are available for a $10 donation. Individual or team sponsorships are also available. No amount or support is too small. For additional information, or to volunteer, please contact either Hoffman or Vaughn at Baker University at 594-6451.

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