Archive for Thursday, February 11, 2010

Douglas County Relay for Life fundraising, planning kicks off Feb. 23

The 2009 Relay For Life of Douglas County started off with survivors leading the way to the track under an arch of balloons. Teams participated in the 12-hour event by walking around the track to celebrate cancer survivors, support current patients, and remember loved ones.

The 2009 Relay For Life of Douglas County started off with survivors leading the way to the track under an arch of balloons. Teams participated in the 12-hour event by walking around the track to celebrate cancer survivors, support current patients, and remember loved ones.

February 11, 2010

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There’s nothing quite like the Douglas County Relay for Life, an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

The event involves luminarias, camping, food, walking around a track, games, music and more.

There are times of sadness. For example: seeing hundreds of luminarias that line the track in memory of those who lost their battle with cancer.

HIGHLIGHTS OF EVENT

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• Dinner celebrates cancers survivors.

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• Lawrence resident reaches $100,000 mark.

• Douglas County has state's first Relay for Life event for dogs and their owners.

But mostly, there is joy. There’s nothing like cheering for the cancer survivors as they walk the first lap around the track to kick off the event.

Relay for Life involves teams of eight to 15 participants who take turns walking around a track for 12 hours. Teams may camp out while activities go on throughout the night. The event celebrates cancer survivors, supports current patients and remembers loved ones. It also raises money for the fight against cancer.

Plans are already under way for this year’s event, which will be June 11.

Organizers will be providing information and signing up teams from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the library at Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive. It’s on a drop-in basis.

Last year’s event drew about 700 participants and raised $170,000 for the American Cancer Society. It was the largest relay event in Kansas.

For more information, contact Stacie Schroeder at 800-359-1025 or Tina Yates at 785-749-2985.

Comments

Lisa Braun 5 years, 6 months ago

I appreciate all the hard work and dedication that the organizers give to this wonderful event. It truly is a beautiful ceremony. I'm always disappointed, though, that the groups that raise the most money, that win the prizes for "Best Costume" or "Most Spirit" seldom are the ones that are there all night, participating fully in the event. It's a shame, really, because until you've stayed up all night walking around the track with all the luminarias lit up with all the names...you really don't understand the importance of Relay.

stampin_queen 5 years, 6 months ago

I agree . . . you have to experience Relay from start to finish to really appreciate what it's all about. And when you have an understanding of that, you begin to Relay 24/7, 365 days a year, because you truly want to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

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