The American Cancer Society (ACS) held its kick off for the 2012 Relay for Life event at the Milford Parks and Recreation Building on January, Wednesday 25. Although the annual event takes place in June, teams of volunteers raise money for ACS all year long with the hope of raising more awareness, donations and support for those battling cancer.
Last year’s event at the Milford Middle School hosted 36 teams that committed to walking around the school’s track throughout the entire night in support of the fight against cancer. Over the past two years, the event has raised an average of $125,000 locally. The nationwide goal in 2012 is for each individual to raise $212 which will add $100 million to the research grants that were received by the American Cancer Society in 2011.
To understand what $212 can accomplish, the American Cancer Society has put this number into perspective. “350 lives. That’s how many more lives we’re saving every day, than we were in 1992,” state ACS officials on their fundraising literature. “We believe that number can be 1,000 with your help. If we can get every Relayer to raise $212 in 2012 , we can accelerate this progress significantly.”
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.
“With the 2012 relay for life we are hoping to reach out and engage even more of the local community,” commented local Relay for Life advocate Lorna Petchey. “This year’s event has lots of exciting entertainment and some fun things will be happening out at the middle school throughout the entire night. As always the main focus of the event will be our local survivors and caregivers, and we invite all survivors and caregivers to come out to survivor reception at 6pm.”
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 Luminaria Ceremony is also another premier feature of the event and helps to remember those who have fallen victim to cancer. As the sun sets over the Milford Middle School the night sky will became bright from illuminated bags placed on the stadium bleachers and around the track.
As the fundraising begins, individuals and businesses can make donations at all levels by sponsoring teams, making a corporate donation or becoming a volunteer. For more information on the event or to donate online visit www.relayforlife.org/milfordde.