June 7 2016
Help Fight Cancer at Burlington's Relay for Life
By: Rich Hosford
Burlington’s Relay for Life 2016 is this Saturday and you can participate and help to fight cancer.
The event, which benefits the American Cancer Society, will start at 5:30 p.m. at Varsity Field at Burlington High School. The first part of the event is the Opening Ceremony.
“The Opening Ceremony brings everyone together for a high-energy event kickoff that celebrates the lives of those who have battled cancer and reminds us all that while we are winning this battle, fighting cancer is a year-round priority,” the Burlington Relay for Life website explains.
After the Opening Ceremony the relay will begin with the Survivor Lap where cancer survivors take the first lap around the track. That is followed by the Caregiver Lap where those who support those fighting cancer are honored.
At 9 p.m. the Luminaria ceremony, featuring candles in bags with the names of those fighting cancer, those who have beaten it and those who have died due to the disease written on them.
“At the candlelight Luminaria Ceremony we remember loved ones lost to cancer, support people who currently have cancer, and honor people who fought cancer in the past,” the event page explains. “It's a powerful part of the event because it provides an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope.”
The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is an overnight event to raise funds for cancer research and to support patients of cancer and their families. Along with funding research, money raised goes to a variety of services for those afflicted with this terrible disease, including providing patients transportation to treatment, the "Look Good, Feel Better" program that helps women cope with the appearance-related side effects of treatment, summer camps for children with cancer, providing patients with necessary information and providing free lodging for families traveling with patients for treatment.