American Cancer Society
Relay For Life of Akron
Akron High School Track
47 Bloomingdale–Akron, NY
June 18, 2011
Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. ®
What is Relay?
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in the community a chance to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.
At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school and take turns walking or running around the track. Each team is asked to have a rep. on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours long.
Each year, more than 3.5 million people in more than 5,000 communities in the U.S., along with additional communities in 19 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise as much needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, we are creating a world with more birthdays–a world where cancer never steals another year of anyone’s life.
A survivor is anyone who has ever heard the words “You have cancer.” We invite all cancer survivors in the community to attend Relay for Life because they are the reason we Relay.
Our goal is to create a world where more people survive cancer–so they can celebrate another birthday. This year, more than 11 million people will be able to do that thanks to the support of millions of dedicated Relay participants.
Survivors are the guests of honor at Relay. Relay events may offer survivors special T-shirts or sashes or hold a special reception for survivors and caregivers. Most Relays open with the Survivors Lap, where survivors lead the way around the track while participants honor and applaud them. Being a part of the Survivors Lap allows survivors to celebrate what they’ve overcome while inspiring and motivating their community to fight. Survivors are proof that cancer can be defeated. For more information on how to participate in this year’s Survivors Lap or other activities, please visit RelayForLife.org.
A Chance to Remember
One important aspect of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the opportunity for people to come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those who have won their battle. One of the most moving parts of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony.
As the sun sets over campsites and darkness falls, the night is brightened by the glow of illuminated bags called luminaria, each bearing the name of someone who has battled cancer. Some celebrate cancer survivors, while others help us honor and remember those gone too soon. All represent someone special who has been profoundly affected by cancer and the family and friends who continue to fight back in their honor.
Would you like to honor or remember someone with a luminaria during the Relay For Life? Visit RelayForLife.org to learn more about this special part of Relay events.
Everyone’s reason for Relay is as unique as the own personal story. At Relay, you can find healing, comfort, prayers, and support from others who have faced cancer or have lost a loved one to the disease. You have a chance to meet people in the community who are equally as passionate about finding an end to cancer. You can thank all the people who have done so much to support you through your personal cancer experience. And you can gather together with friends, family, and colleagues to laugh, cry, and create lasting memories.
No matter why you take part in Relay, however, one thing is clear: with every step you take, you help the American Cancer Society saves lives. With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer—we’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the Relay experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten the lives of our loved ones or steal another year of anyone’s life.
Where does the money go?
Over the past 12 months the American Cancer Society in Western, NY:
–Provided 5,000 rides that were given to cancer patients to and from their treatment appointments
–Provided 400 free wigs to women…193 female cancer patients attended a Look Good Feel Better sessions to address the cosmetic affects of treatment. They each received a free make-uo and skin care valued at $250.
–Provided emergency assistance to approx. 250 patients for mileage reimbursement to and from their treatment.
–Placed a patient navigator within Roswell Park Cancer Institute providing one on one support and information to patients and loved ones.
–Funded $5.5 million dollars to researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and an additional $2.5 million dollars to researches at the University of Buffalo.
–Approx. 3,000 individuals (people with a cancer dx., family members, and friends) looked to the American Cancer Society for information about dx., treatment, support services, and other services available.
Ways to get involved
Start a team: Gather 8-15 friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers together to take up the fight! Each of you will take turns walking the track throughout the duration of Relay For Life.
Volunteer: We need all skills and bodies to help make Relay For Life happen; from the planning phase through the day of the event. Groups are welcome!
Fundraise: Relay For Life is an opportunity for your community to come together and to fight back against a disease that takes too much from too many. One way we can fight back is by raising funds for the American Cancer Society’s research, patient programs and services, and advocacy efforts.
Recruit a cancer survivor: Cancer survivors help us remember why we celebrate Relay For Life, they are the reason we Relay! Encourage a survivor you know to join your team, or to participate in the Opening Survivor Lap. Help us celebrate their accomplishments!
Advocate: Reach out to local politicians, and let them know you are passionate about the fight against cancer, and that you want to see legislative change that assists cancer patients and their families. Visit acscan.org
Educate: Talk yo your doctor about your health risks, and get your age appropriate screenings. If someone you know or love has been recently diagnosed, encourage them to get information by reaching out to the American Cancer Society @ 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org–someone is available to help any time, day or night.
To make a donation please visit our Relay For Life website at:
Music In Me
11:00AM Survivor Reception
12:00PM Opening Ceremony
10:00PM Luminaria Ceremony/Closing Ceremony
Staff Partner: Stacie Waddell
Phone: 1-800-227-2345 or 716-689-6982 x 105
American Cancer Society
Attn: RFL of Akron
101 John James Audubon Parkway
Amherst, NY 14228