Relay for Life- Cascades in Jackson

August 2, 2013 @ 6:00 pm – August 3, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

Local residents fight cancer this weekend in Jackson County

WHAT: More than just a fundraising event, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life offers residents in our community a way to celebrate cancer survivorship, remember loved ones lost and fight back against a disease that takes too much from too many. As always, everyone in the community is invited to participate in American Cancer Society Relay For Life events. Join us by lighting a luminaria, pledging to save one life from cancer this year, or simply walking laps with friends!

WHEN & WHERE: Relay For Life of Jackson County
Cascades Falls Park, 1401 South Brown Street, Jackson
Friday, Aug. 2, 6 p.m. to Saturday, Aug. 3, 6 p.m.
Official opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Survivors Lap at 6:15 p.m.
Day-of staff contact: Catina Lowe, (517) 403-9093

24 hours — Rain or Shine!

DETAILS: 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. At Relay, teams of people camp out and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to 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
The Survivors Lap is 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
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
There is a Fight Back Ceremony where we make a personal commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer.

No matter where you are, there’s a place for you at Relay and you can make a difference today by signing up online to start your own team or by simply making a donation. 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.

Background: Relay For Life began in 1985 with one man who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours and raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year, Relay For Life will take place in nearly 5,100 communities in the United States and 20 other countries and will raise funds to support the Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back.

Visual Opportunities:

* Compelling shots of local cancer survivors decked out in purple taking a victory lap around the track.

* Poignant scenes of area residents uniting to honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones who lost their cancer battle during the evening’s Luminaria Ceremony.

* Local residents pledging to take a stand against cancer year-round during the Fight Back Ceremony. Participants promise to save one life from cancer before next year’s event.

WHY: One out of every two men and one out of every three women will face a cancer diagnosis in his or her lifetime. Money raised at this Relay For Life supports the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back.

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