On Friday, June 10, 2016 more than 180 walkers will go 12 hours in the battle against cancer when the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Milford gets underway. When teams will gather at the old Milford Middle School on June 1Oth at 6 pm, participants will be helping the Society raise money in the fight against cancer.
“By lending your support to the Milford Relay event this year, you’ll be lending your support to the
Society’s efforts to finish the fight and bring an end to cancer as we know it,” said Susan Rankin, cofounder of this year’s event. She has been involved with Relay for Life for the past 11 years and became involved in memory of her mother who passed away from Cancer in 1971.
Relay For Life is a 12-hour event that brings together teams from local businesses, schools, churches and families for fun, food, music, entertainment and a night under the stars, while team members take turns walking on the track. Relay For Life begins with a Cancer Survivors reception and lap to celebrate life.
“The monies raised from this event will go toward the American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy and patient service programs,” said Rankin. “It also is a time to celebrate survivors, remember those lost and fight back in a tangible way.”
This year the theme is Honoring Our Heroes. The event will begin at 6pm with the Opening Ceremony followed by the Survivor Lap and Caregiver Lap. The Survivor Reception will follow at 6:30pm with music provided by the Milford Community Band. Teams will be representing veterans, firefighters, police, EMS, and local heroes as well. Any survivors wishing to participate may register that night from 5 to 5:30pm. Activities will include a children’s area with inflatables, a selfie station, K9 demonstration, Zumba and firetrucks. Teams will be selling food and other items on site as well.
One of the many highlights of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony, which begins at 9pm. During the event, from 6pm to 8pm people may purchase a luminaria in memory or in honor of someone who has been touched by cancer. The luminaria bags are placed around the track and lit during a memorial program starting at 9pm. Luminaria may be purchased for $10 by calling 302-632-8466 or by visiting relayforlife.org/milfordde. On line sales end at mid-night on Thursday, June 9 and at 8 PM the night of relay.
Also a part of Milford’s Relay For Life event is the Fight Back Ceremony, in which Relay
participants are inspired and challenged to take a personal pledge of action like stop smoking,
eat more healthily or exercise regularly, in fighting back. To learn more about Relay For Life, please call 1-800-227-2345 or visit RelayForlife.org.