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The American Cancer Society Holds Annual Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a life-changing event that gives individuals across our community a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember love ones lost and fight back against the disease.

At Relay for Life, teams of people will camp out at Milford Middle School June 17-18 from 6:00 pm -8:00 pm and take turns walking or running around the track. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event to signify that cancer never sleeps.

Lorna Petchy, advocate for the American Cancer Society, describes Relay for Life’s slogan Celebrate Remember. Fight Back. “We celebrate those who have survived cancer or are fighting it. Remember those who have lost their fight against cancer and last but certainly not least fight back against the disease. Every step the relayer’s take is one step closer to finding a cure.” The monies that are raised at this and the thousands of other relays nationwide goes to provide research, education, patient programs and awareness to the community.

During the Relay for Life event survivors are the guest of honor. The Milford Relay will open with a Survivors Lap, where survivors will lead the way around the track while participants honor them with applause. The survivors lap helps survivors realize their accomplishments and celebrate what they have overcome. The lap also gives hope and inspiration to others by proving that cancer can be beat.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life offers the opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives to cancer. In memoriam of those souls and celebration of those who have won the battle, Relay for Life holds their annual Luminaria Ceremony.

As the sun sets over the Milford Middle School the night sky will became bright from illuminated bags placed on the stadium bleachers. The Luminaria Ceremony is targeted toward “Remember.” During this time, participants are asked to gather and remember those who have fallen victim to cancer. Luminaria bags are decorated by participants, honoring a loved one who has passed or is fighting the disease. These bags are placed around the track and candles inside the bags are lit before the start of the Luminaria Ceremony. Usually, the luminarias are used to spell out words such as HOPE and CURE, and the words illuminate during the ceremony. Some participants or guest speakers are invited to share their stories and each participant is given a candle to light in remembrance of a loved one.

Relay for Life continues to help individuals by showing them that comfort, healing and support can be found by sharing with others who have experienced cancer in some form in their lives; directly or through loved ones. The Relay for Life event offers opportunities for participants to meet others who are as equally passionate about finding a cure for cancer, thank people who have helped with personal cancer experiences and make new, lasting friendships and memories.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Milford will be held at the Milford Middle School June 17 -18. The Survivor Reception begins at 5:00 pm. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 6:00 pm including the Survivor Lap. At 8:00 pm the event will host a Kid’s Walk, where all children under 12 are invited to participate. At 9:00 pm the track will by lit by luminaria with the names of those who have battled or are battling cancer. The festivities will proceed all night long with games and contests to help raise funds to help find a cure. On Saturday the closing Fight Back ceremony will take place at 8:00 am.

To learn more information about the Relay for Life event in Milford visit www.relayforlife.org/milfordde or call Tina Faulkner at 302-242-6254.

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