Relay For Life is the American Cancer Societys signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. On Friday evening 50 teams of people camped out at B. Michael Caudill Middle School Track in Richmond, KY to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease, and fight back. They Relay because they have been touched by cancer and desperately want to put an end to the disease. This years event opened at 6pm with a balloon release which represents our hope that those lost to cancer will not be forgotten, that those who are battling cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated.
Relay For Life is a fun, overnight team event that raises awareness of cancer in the community and raises much needed funds to fight cancer. During Relay For Life, teams of friends, neighbors, families and co-workers commit to keeping at least one member walking the track at all times because cancer never sleeps. Then, cancer survivors from the community join together in the inspirational Survivors Victory Lap that officially begins the annual Relay For Life. For many, the experience of gathering together with other survivors is powerful and moving. As the sun began to set and night began to fall, hundreds of luminaire candles were lit to light the way under the stars, and a moment of silence falls during the Ceremony of Hope. Everyone gathered in the bleachers and near the stage to pay tribute and remember those lost to cancer, support those fighting cancer and rejoice with those who have fought the disease and won. Then the announcer begins to read the long list of names of those whom are survivors, those that are currently battling, and those that have gone on before us, there is an unexplainable silence during the entire ceremony. This is one of the most special and moving events of the entire Relay.
Lynn Hisle, this years event coordinator, husband was diagnosed with cancer 13 years ago, which is one reason she is so passionate about this particular event. “I know that I cant find a cure, but we can help fund research that will,” she said. “Madison County Relay for Life has raised $91,000 so far this year, and hopes to raise another $30,000 before the end of the fundraiser in August,” she said. Anyone wishing to donate can drop off a check made to Mad.Co. Relay for Life or cash at any People””s Bank and mark it to the attention of Wanda Scott. If anyone wants to volunteer for next year, call Lynn Hisle at 859-582-6505.
Story and Photos by: Rhonda McIntyre
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