Walking for a cure: Teams raise money to fight against cancer

July, 2016 Posted in Other
Stayton Relay for Life
Regis High School track
550 W. Regis St., Stayton
Opening Friday, July 8, 6 p.m.
Closes Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m.
Community members are invited to
form walking relay teams or join one.
To sponsor or volunteer at the event,
Lynlee Young, lynlee.young@cancer.org
or 541-434-3115

Information on activities:
relayforlife.org/staytonor

By Mary Owen

Ask anyone who has participated in a Relay for Life event and they will share why they walk around, around and around a track or field even if their feet hurt or they have blisters.

It’s because they can. And it’s something they can do to help in the fight against cancer.

The Stayton Relay for Life is July 8 and 9 at Regis High School. Organizers hope to raise $25,000 at Stayton’s annual event, a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.

“Every dollar makes a difference in cancer research and patient services,” said Lynlee Young, community manager for Relay for Life, ACS Great West Division. “In our small community, every team is a key team. All those that attend the relay play an essential role in creating a fun, unique event.”

By the third week in June, 11 teams and 126 participants had signed up to participate, raising a little more than $18,000 for cancer research by the American Cancer Society.

Teams participating include: Calvary Cares, Farmers Insurance Fighters, Walk and Rollers, Mill-Billy Heart, Wonka-Nators, Miracle Monkey, Raising Hope, Cheers for HOPE, Porters for a Cause and Central Valley District Team.

This year’s theme is “Relaying through the Decades,” and an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, July 8 at the Regis High School track will start the overnight event, which ends at 9 a.m. Saturday. 

Local cancer survivors will share their stories at the opening ceremony.

“The first lap to start the event is comprised of all our cancer survivors sporting their purple shirts,” Young said.

Survivors and caretakers laps will follow the opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m., with cancer survivors taking the first lap.

A Luminaria Ceremony of Hope, honoring and/or in memory of those who have fought the battle, will begin about 10 p.m.

“Our luminaria ceremony ushers in one hour of softer music, bringing reflection and remembrance as we honor those who have passed,” Young said. “The rest of the night and into the morning is filled with fun activities, including a scavenger hunt and new this year, human foosball!”

The closing ceremony Saturday will celebrate what participants accomplished together at the Relay of Life. Organizers agree the event is a time to remember the lives of those lost, and to commit to continuing the fight against the disease.

“Check out this free, overnight community event to raise awareness about cancer and fund raiser for a cure,” Young said. “All ages are welcome to join in the assortment of activities and enthusiastic walkers dedicated to finish the fight against the nasty disease of cancer.

“Come join us at Regis, and bring your friends and family,” she added. “Stay for an hour or stay up all night!”

Sponsors to date are: Santiam Hospital, platinum; Foothills Church and SCTC, bronze; and Power Chevrolet, signature. Other sponsors include: Mr. Dea, Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits, and Papa Murphy’s.

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