Relay for Life 2016 is Thursday

Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer. Perhaps a loved one or friend, or perhaps you yourself have battled cancer. Its a battle that no one should face alone.

The 2016 American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Hamilton County is Thursday night. The event brings together survivors, caregivers and others who wish to celebrate those winning the fight and remember those who fought the good fight. This year, the Relay will be held at West Twin Park beginning at 6 p.m.

The Relay kicks off with an opening ceremony by the American Legion, followed by the always moving Survivor’s Lap, a testament to their fight against cancer and the hope for a cure. On the second lap, the survivors are joined by caregivers for a joint walk around the walking track. Survivors and caregivers who are registered for the Relay will then be treated to a light supper at the Fire Station.

Why do the survivors attend the Relay? It’s an opportunity to meet other survivors and to share experiences. It’s a chance to become part of the largest cancer support group in the world as well as to serve as an inspiration to those newly diagnosed wit the disease. It’s also a way to publicly recognize and thank caregivers for their support and commitment.

Throughout the evening, there will games, a bounce house for the kids and food provided by local vendors. The Relay is a way to bring together families, friends, community organizations, church groups and others together to celebrate the lives of those who have had cancer, those fighting back against the disease and to remember those who have lost their fight.

The Luminaria Ceremony takes place after dark, so all can remember the people lost to cancer, honor people who have fought cancer in the past, and support those whose fight continues. Candles are lit inside of personalized bags and are placed around the Relay track as glowing tributes to those who’ve been affected by cancer.

This year’s honorary Relay chairman is Bob Echelberger of Kamrar, a 22-year cancer survivor who will share his story.

There is no cost to attend and the community is invited to come out to support those involved in the Relay. Each person who shares the Relay For Life experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten our loved ones or rob anyone of another birthday.