Cancer survivors kick off the event with a “Survivor’s Lap.” After sundown, luminarias are lit in memory of those who have lost their battle with cancer and in honor of cancer survivors.
“The luminaria ceremony allows people who have lost a loved one to cancer to remember them. It also lets you think about the people who have won the battle against cancer and celebrate that. For those who are fighting, it allows them time to see that they are still here and to see all of the support that they have,” Thompson said.
Relay for Life Teams consist of up to 15 people representing various businesses, civic groups, social organizations, church groups, friends and families. While the Relay For Life is in progress, a community party atmosphere is created in tent city with entertainment, food, games and camaraderie.
To participate, each team member is asked to raise a minimum of $100 before the event, with all of the money going directly to the American Cancer Society’s life-saving research, education and patient service programs. Teams also hold a multitude of fund-raisers from their tent site during the Relay for Life event.
Other fundraising opportunities exist such as corporate underwriting, sponsorship, the sale of luminaries and individual donations.
Upcoming Relay for Life fund-raisers:
Texas Oncology, 3415 S. Loop 256, will hold a Valentine's Day bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.