Milford Relay Going “Over the Rainbow” to Find a Cure

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RAINBOW GIRLS (from left) Joy Jeffers, Emily Albright, Courtney Carter, Danielle Dean and Rosa Jones added a rainbow of color to the first lap of Milford Relay 2010 as they modeled gowns for the “Gee…You Will Team.”

This year, Milford Relay for Life will be going “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with the annual Relay being held June 17 and 18 at the Milford Middle School. Funds raised through Relay for Life have been helping the American Cancer Society (ACS) make dreams come true through the event in Milford since 1998.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events are held annually and the Relays raise funds annually in an effort to help find a cure for the devastating disease that affects so many lives. In support of the efforts, Milford Relay for life celebrates its thirteenth year in 2011.

The theme for this year’s event, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” is inspired by the colored ribbons that have come to be recognized as icons representing the various types of cancers and other causes.

To date, there are more than 30 teams registered to participate in the 2011 Relay and a goal of raising $140,000 has been set.

Relay 2011 is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. with survivor’s registration, followed by the Survivor’s Reception at 5 p.m. All survivors’ are invited to attend this kick-off event and can register online or by calling (302) 422-4026 or 422-5339.

Opening Ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the first lap at 7 p.m. Children will have their own special lap at 8 p.m. and the activities and excitement will continue throughout the night, with each team having at least one member on the track at all times.

Perhaps the most breathtaking part of the evening is the luminaria ceremony, which begins at 9 p.m. The track is lined with white and gold luminary bags, each with an “in honor of” or “in memory of” message. Participants and attendees gather around the track to honor and celebrate the lives of all those recognized through the luminaria. Luminaria can be purchased online or from any Relay for Life participant. They can also be purchased on site at the event.

Chairperson of this year’s event is Tina Faulkner and her co-chairperson is Shelly Dillon. Both have experience, having been previously involved in Milford Relay in varying capacities. Faulkner and Dillon kicked off the journey to Relay 2011 on February 9. The next team meeting takes place on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at Milford Parks and Recreation.

For more information, go online to
www.relayforlife.org/milfordde where you can not only access times, teams, and information, but can also register for related events, start or join a team, or support an existing team or participant with a donation.