When teams will gather at Skyline High School, 845 S. Crismon Road, at 1 p.m., participants will be helping the society mark a major milestone in the fight against cancer.
Last year the American Cancer Society merged the two relays in Mesa and created one big relay.
It’s the progress we’ve made together – as a community, as volunteers, as survivors and as leaders – that has helped reach this incredible milestone with tremendous success. By lending your support to the greater-Mesa 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.
During Relay For Life events, participants camp out overnight at a local school, park, or fairground, and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relay events take place overnight, lasting up to 24 hours in length.
We will have live music, games, competitions, movies at night, a Kidz Zone, kid train rides, climbing wall and a static exhibition of all sorts of cars,and food vendors as well as art and craft vendors at the event which will be open to the public from noon until about 10 p.m.
One of the most touching moments during a Relay For Life event is the luminaria ceremony that takes place at 9 p.m. honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bears the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for a minimum of $10 by visiting www.relayforlife.org/greatermesaaz.
Funds raised at Relay For Life of Greater Mesa help the American Cancer Society get even closer to bringing an end to cancer as we know it. To learn more about Relay For Life, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit RelayForLife.org.
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks to our progress, nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we marked our 100th birthday in 2014, we’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Editor’s note: Lyn Gorton is the event lead for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Mesa.