Relay for Life set for June 18

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

Marshall County Relay for Life 2010 will be held at Rock Creek Park starting 7 p.m. June 18.

At Marshall County Relay, teams of people will camp out at Rock Creek Park and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team will have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.

Although every Relay For Life is different, there are certain traditions at all Relays, no matter where they are held. These traditions help participants celebrate, remember, and fight back.

* Celebrate - The Survivors Lap

Relay starts with a Survivors Lap, an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories we've achieved over cancer. The Survivors Lap is an emotional example of how Relay participants are creating a world with more birthdays like those of each individual on the track.

* Remember -- The Luminaria Ceremony

After dark, we honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence.

* Fight Back - The Fight Back Ceremony

Last, there is a Fight Back Ceremony, where we make a personal commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer.

No matter who you are, there's a place for you at Relay and you can make a difference by attending this worthwhile event. The night will be filled with activities, entertainment, food, and fireworks. Admission is free. All proceeds from the event will to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

Thanks to Relay participants, we are creating a world with more birthdays; a world where cancer can't claim another year of anyone's life. For more information about Relay For Life, visit our website at or contact our Marshall County Relay for Life Chair, Shelley Staggs, at