Walkers will go around the track in the battle against cancer when the 2014 American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of the City of Galax and Carroll County gets underway with teams of residents gathering at Carroll County High School on July 25th from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on July 26.
Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups … people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.
This year’s theme for the Galax/Carroll Relay is a County Fair theme. Tent sites will be decorated accordingly. Teams will have fair related activities at campsites and will be selling food items such as BBQ sandwiches, hotdogs, BBQ chicken, walking tacos, grilled corn, baked beans, nachos with cheese, popcorn, chips, drinks, water, tea, lemonade, cobblers, cookies, cupcakes, other baked goods and more. Many teams also have cancer awareness t-shirts and other items for sale. There will also be tickets available for opportunity drawings for items such as free groceries and a quilt made of past Relay for Life T-shirts. Drawings for these will be held throughout the night. There will be bouncy houses and face painting for the children. We will also have entertainment throughout the event from DJ Dave & Special K along with special live music throughout the night. See the event’s tentative schedule below.
“Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against the disease,” says Judy Beasley. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that Galax and Carroll County are not immune to this disease and that by participating in Relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”
Funds raised at Relay For Life of Galax/Carroll are enabling the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community.
The American Cancer Society has an active presence in the City of Galax and Carroll County. We have several programs which benefit cancer patients. For breast cancer patients we have our Reach to Recovery program; for all women we have our Look Good Feel Better program; there are free wigs, turbans and breast prosthesis for women who cannot afford any of these items. Everyone who is diagnosed with cancer should call our 1-800-227-2345 toll free number and ask for information about their type of cancer. This toll free number also connects you to our Dietician on Call for cancer patients who are having problems with their diet.
Relay For Life’s Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown, 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 bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $5 for white bags, $25 for gold bags, or $35 for tiki torches by calling Judy Beasley at 276-733-8008, by visiting www.relayforlife.org/galaxcarrollva, or by attending the Relay for Life Event on July 25.
If you have never been to a Relay for Life Event, this is something you do not want to miss for another year. Come out and help us celebrate the successes of the Galax/Carroll County Relay for Life teams and their fundraising efforts while enjoying an evening of entertainment and great food.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Relay for Life 2014 – July 25-26 Schedule
5:00 – Survivor Registration Begins; 6:00 – Opening Ceremonies – welcome, opening prayer, pledge, national anthem,
Survivor speech by Mark Horton; 6:30 – Survivor and Caregiver Laps; 6:45 – Team Laps / Parade of Team Floats & Float Judging; 7:00 –Band – Mac Martin; 7:15 – Water Balloon Toss; 7:15 – Judging of Campsites will begin; 7:30 – Car Show and Race to Recovery
*Teams begin Runway Relay*
8:00 – Band – All Came As One; 8:30 – Runway Relay judging; 8:45 - Ballet; 9:00 – Band - Unforgiven; 9:30 – Begin lighting Luminary Bags; 10:00 – Begin Luminary Ceremony * Changing of the Guard at the Table of the Unknown; * Reading of the Names; * Prayer; 10:30 – Peek-A-Boob Contest (to promote breast cancer awarenss and Look Good Feel Better Program Miss-Ter Relay Contest); 11:00 – Music by the DJ… Dance Songs; 1:00 – Read Totals for Teams / Closing Ceremonies
Sales of food and cancer awareness items at tent sites throughout the evening.