The Relay For Life organized by the American Cancer Society is one way to celebrate and appreciate those who have battled cancer. It is also an opportunity to remember lost loved ones and generate aid to help many others fight the disease. It is a platform where teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track.
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Stage 1: Opening Ceremony and Survivors Walk
The event is flagged off by an opening ceremony where the relay teams are welcomed. Cancer survivors then walk to celebrate their victory over the dreaded disease. These heroes are welcomed amidst cheers, to tell a promising story to their audience. This is followed by the caregivers taking center stage to recognize all those who silently help cancer victims fight their battle. All the relay teams are then invited to walk together to mark the beginning of the event.
Stage 2: Luminaria Ceremony
As the sun begins to set, participants pay a tribute to all those who have lost the battle to cancer with dedicated luminaria bags. Silence overcomes the crowd as the lights begin to illuminate the track. Participants, survivors, and caregivers gather once again to remember loved ones lost to cancer, and to honor those that are staging a continuous battle with cancer. Luminaria dedication bags can also be dedicated in support of each participant. Individual walking takes place through the night along with games, activities, and entertainment.
Stage 3: Fight Back Ceremony
The event is wrapped up with an emotionally-charged ceremony where each participant is called to take action to help fight against cancer. Relayers in this final lap, pledge to spread awareness about cancer research, treatments, and prevention, thus, making a commitment to save lives all year-round.