The American Cancer Society (ACS) held its kick off for the 2013 Relay for Life event at the Milford Parks and Recreation Building on Tuesday January 22. 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 33 teams and over 650 participants that committed to walking around the school’s track throughout the entire night in support of the fight against cancer. Locally in 2012 Milford Relay raised $101,000, this year’s goal is set at $105,000.
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 event in June we have a long drive to raise $105,000 and our teams are committed,” commented Sarah Fox, Chair of this year’s Relay for Life event. “Our teams are very excited early this year. Although the event is held in June our teams raise money for cancer awareness all year long.” According to Ms. Fox, 22 Milford Relay for Life teams, consisting of 130 participants, have already close raised close to $8,000.
This year’s event will have lots of exciting entertainment and as always fun things throughout the entire night, helping teams continue their walk through the early morning hours. 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 before the walk begins.
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.