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Relay for Life this weekend

Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn’t be. And thanks to the American Cancer Society and local volunteers, finding the help you need is simpler than ever.
Johnson County’s annual Relay For Life event is this weekend at Ralph Stout Park. Teams will gather at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening, July 15th for the American Cancer Society’s signature activity to celebrate, remember and fight back.
Celebrate – The Survivors Lap
Relay starts with The Survivors Lap which is an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories achieved over cancer. The Survivors Lap is an emotional example of how Relay participants are creating a world with more birthdays like those of each individual on the track.
Remember – The Luminaria Ceremony
After dark, people who have been touched by cancer are honored and those that have been lost to the disease are remembered during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence.
Fight Back – The Fight Back Ceremony
Last, there is a Fight Back Ceremony, where participants make a personal commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer.
This year’s theme is “Camping for A Cure” with awards for Best Campsite Theme, Best Food, Best Team Spirit, Best Mission Delivery, and the Golden Pillowcase given to the team with the most members remaining all night.
Teams will remain at the park throughout the night with members taking turns walking around the track and keeping someone walking at all times.
No matter where you are, there’s a place for you at Relay and you can make a difference by joining the fight.