Archive for Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Still time for Relay for Life

April 18, 2001

Baldwin area 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 Saturday April 28 at 6 p.m. until Sunday April 29 at 7 a.m.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's version of the 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. Participants camp out in Liston Stadium and they are not taking their turn walking or running, take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment. Teams from local businesses, civic groups and Baker University collect donations and can win individual and team prizes for their efforts.

Relay For Life opens with a moving cancer survivors' lap that can be walked, run or wheeled with a wheelchair. This is an emotional time and sets the stage for the importance of each participant's contribution.

Highlighting the event is the luminaria service held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have lost the battle against cancer. The 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 in the fight against cancer."

"The monies raised enables the American Cancer Society to continue their education programs, services to patients and of course, research," added co-chair Susan Hoffman.

There is still time for you to become involved in the Baldwin area 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 further information, or to volunteer, please contact Grace Vaughn or Susan Hoffman at Baker University at 594-6451.

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