Every year, over 1,600,000 people hear those dreaded words. “You have cancer.”
That is more than the population of Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland… combined. It is a huge number. The number of people directly impacted by the disease; family and friends is easily ten-times that number. Remember, those statistics are for just a single year.
Today, in the United States, it is impossible to imagine that anyone has not been impacted by cancer.
In universities and laboratories across the nation, people are working tirelessly to find out specifically why cancer occurs in some people, but not other. People are working to improve our ability to diagnose cancer early and to improve treatment options. People in laboratories around the country are trying find a cure for cancer.
Great strides have been made, but there is so much more to do.
Relay for Life is the primary fundraising event of the cancer society, but it is much more than that. Relay for Life is a celebration of life. It is a celebration of survival.
For some patients, their best chance of survival will be in the discovery of a cure for cancer.
Scientists will find a cure for cancer. At some point in the future there will be a cure. Unfortunately, research is expensive. Someday the cure for cancer will be found by a research team in a research laboratory somewhere… someday.
It’s important that we donate money to the American Cancer Society to help fund that research.
The Madison County Relay for Life event will be held tonight, Friday, June 19, at West Jefferson High School, 1 Roughrider Drive in West Jefferson. The event will begin at 6 p.m.
Come celebrate survival. Come. Help raise money for research. Even a few dollars will help. Your donation could help purchase the test-tube or petri-dish that will be used to find the cure.
Every donation, large or small, can make a difference. Come. Be part of the Relay for Life.
Friday, June 19
3 p.m. — Grounds open for teams to set up
5 p.m. — Food court opens
5 p.m. — Fundraiser Village opens
5 to 8:30 p.m. — Hopeful Bra contest
5 to 9:45 p.m. — Silent auction
5 to 9 p.m. — Luminary aales
6 p.m. — Kick Off/sponsor ribbon cutting
6 to 8 p.m. — Face painting
6 to 7:30 p.m. — Survivor dinner
7 to 9 p.m. — Madison Health — Dermascan machine, blood pressure checks
7:30 p.m. — Survivor/caregiver celebration lap
8 p.m. — Locks of Love, team spirit awards, inspiration award
9 to 9:30 p.m. — Miss Relay contest
10 p.m. — Luminary ceremony
* 11 p.m. to midnight — Pick up items from the Silent Auction
* 11 p.m. — Mobile donut wagon
11:30 p.m. — Frozen T-shirt contest
Midnight — Final money deposits due
Midnight — Luau lap
12:30 p.m. — Victory lap (this lap is led by survivors)
1 to 1:30 a.m. — Closing ceremonies, (raffle drawings, team awards)
*Or as soon as luminary ceremony ends.
Note — Activities and times are subject to change due to inclement weather.