June 5 2019

Help Fight Cancer at Burlington's Relay for Life this Saturday

By: Rich Hosford


Burlington’s Relay for Life 2019 is this Saturday and you can participate and help to fight cancer.

The event, which benefits the American Cancer Society, will start at 4 p.m. at Varsity Field at Burlington High School. The first part of the event is the Opening Ceremony at roughly 5:30 p.m.

We kick off the event by honoring everyone who's been affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year's Relay season,” the Burlington Relay for Life website explains.

After the Opening Ceremony the relay will begin with the Survivor Lap at approximately 6 p.m. where cancer survivors and their caretakers take the first lap around the track.


“Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events,” the site says. “We honor their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn't matter if you were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, you can walk while everyone gathers together to cheer you on.”

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.


“During this ceremony we represent everyone touched by cancer with a Luminaria,” the event page says. “Each light represents a life—a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or a support for a person still fighting the disease. It's a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers comfort and 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.


Click Here for more information about the event.


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