Teams from around the community will gather at Rice University’s track overnight to join the fight against cancer from 7 p.m. on April 8 until 1 p.m. on April 9.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life brings together more than 3.5 million people every year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and empower individuals and communities to fight back against a disease that takes so much.
Relay For Life opens as cancer survivors (anyone who has ever heard the words, “you have cancer”) and caregivers walk or use a wheelchair to complete the first lap. This is an emotional time that sets the stage of the importance of each participant’s contribution.
Highlighting the evening is the luminaria ceremony that takes place after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember those lost. Luminaria, lighted vigils, lines the track and is left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the importance of their efforts.
“Relay For Life is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fundraiser,” said Event Chair Robin Cheung. “Many of the participants will be people who have dealt with cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made in improving cancer survival rates and the quality of life following cancer treatment.”
“The funds raised will enable us to continue our investment in the fight against cancer by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back,” said Volunteer Committee Member Stephanie Moore.