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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Families and friends of L.S. will use hearts and feet to fight cancer

 

May 15, 2012

Relay for Life Lake Stevens 2011 attendees show their dedication and enthusiasm at last years’ event.

If you’ve never been to a Relay for Life event, you’re really missing out, however, you will get your opportunity to join in the celebration, remembrance and fight against cancer this weekend.

Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the second American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Lake Stevens gets underway starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 and continues until closing ceremonies ending at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 20.

Over 65 teams will be camping out on the field at Lake Stevens High School’s stadium while keeping one member of their team walking the track continually over the 24-hour period.

Teams have done most of their fundraising prior to the event, but many teams will be holding fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. This is a great opportunity to help fight cancer even if you’re not able to join a team this year.

“Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back,” Kim Demary, Event Chair for Relay for Life of Lake Stevens said.

Each hour the “lap themes” will change and include everything from weddings to birthdays, to 60s, dance laps and even a zombie lap.

The event starts with a lap dedicated to survivors and their caregivers and at 10 p.m. the inspiring Luminaria lap takes place. Throughout the darkness of the night the luminaria will continue to light the way for Relayers.

Luminaria may be purchased for $5 by visiting http://www.relayforlife.org/lakestevenswa.

Also a part of Lake Stevens’ Relay For Life event is the “Fight Back” Ceremony, in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action (e.g ., stop smoking, eat more healthily, exercise regularly, etc.) in fighting back.

This year there will be a wedding renewal on the field at 1 p.m. with white wedding dress, flowers and all.

“Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against the disease,” said Demary. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that Lake Stevens is not immune to this disease and that by participating in Relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”

Funds raised at Relay For Life of Lake Stevens are enabling the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community.

The American Cancer Society saves lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, they turn what they know about cancer into what they do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.

Join in the fun, support a team by purchasing products, raffle tickets or just donating directly and help someone you love fight cancer.

 

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