Roaring Fork Valley residents will gather at Two Rivers Park on August 11 at 6 p.m. for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life®. Relay starts with a Survivors Lap – an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories we’ve achieved over cancer. We also recognize and celebrate caregivers at Relay For Life. These individuals give their time, love, and support to friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers who face cancer. As the sun sets at a Relay For Life event, luminaria lining the track illuminate the night and a hush falls over the event that had been filled with the sounds of celebration. Relay For Life participants, survivors and caregivers then gather together for the Luminaria Ceremony to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to honor those who have battled the disease. Participants will walk or take turns walking for 12 hours from 6 p.m on Saturday, August 11 to 6 a.m on Sunday, August 12. Walking through the night is symbolic of the suffering someone afflicted by cancer may feel as mental and physical fatique set in and darkness claims the night. As participants walk the sidewalk at Two Rivers Park lined with luminara bags in reflection, a caregiver who has lost a loved one may find comfort from a fellow caregiver who has faced a similar loss. A survivor gains hope and strength from others who have followed the same journey and survived. All resolve to keep fighting to save more lives so no more luminaria bear the names of those lost to the disease. Last, there is a Fight Back Ceremony, where we make a personal commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer. That personal commitment may be to do something as simple as getting a screening test, quitting smoking, or talking to elected officials about cancer. By taking action, people are personally taking steps to save lives and fight back against a disease that takes too much. Wendi Tanaka-Olson, Event Coordinator for the Roaring Fork Relay for Life has a special connection to the event. “Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society have touched my life in a very special way. Relay was introduced to me not long after my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was five months pregnant at the time and was very scared for my mother and knew I needed to find a way to help. I formed a Relay for Life team and starting raising money. But what I found out along my journey is that ACS does far m
Roaring Fork Relay For Life Is August 11
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