Relay For Life is an overnight event to fight cancer. It is the signature fundraising activity of American Cancer Society. Each relay is made of teams of a certain number of participants, including cancer survivors, volunteers and attendees, who take turns running or walking around a local track all night long. The purpose of the relay is to raise money for research, cancer education and patient service programs. Relay For Life is,
A time to honor cancer survivors: At every relay, all cancer survivors in the community are honored for their courage and strength to fight off the disease by kicking off the event in the survivor’s lap.
A community united: The event brings together the community to fight against cancer.
A ceremony of hope and remembrance: Paper lanterns filled with burning candles or yellow glow sticks bearing the names of loved ones are lined up along the track and left burning or glowing all night long.
In the past few years, glow products such as glow sticks and glow necklaces have been used extensively at relay events. Although candlelight has been used as luminaries in the past, glow sticks have become an effective alternative not only because they are a lot easier to handle than candles, also they don’t possess the potential risk of being easily extinguished by weather conditions or causing fires.
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