Each year more than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in annual festivities for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life program, raising much-needed funds and awareness to battle cancer. Iron County will host its 14th annual Relay For Life on April 19–20, celebrating those who have survived cancer, remembering those whose lives have been cut short by cancer, and raising funds to push cancer research forward.
35 teams and 313 participants have already registered for the county's 2013 Relay for Life, and event organizers hope to raise more than $30,000 for cancer research throughout this year's festivities.
Of the relay's impact, Bob Fulton, director of Iron County Relay For Life, explained, “Each person’s participation gives our community faith that cancer can be beaten. A portion of this money goes directly back to the cancer victims in Iron County. From giving them gas money to get to treatments or paying for a wig. This isn’t just raising money it is raising hope for your neighbor, your sister, your colleague.”
The relay will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, will continue through the night and end at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Activities, including a live performance by local band, the Muddy Boots, games, food and movies will last through the night. A highlight of the event year after year, the Luminaria Ceremony where attendees will light candles in honor of loved ones who have passed or are currently fighting the disease, will begin at 9:30 p.m. All are welcome to witness the strength of those left in cancer's wake.
Whether you’re a running enthusiast or a daily walker, the Iron County Relay For Life is open to all, whether you form a team or come simply to encourage other participants. All are invited to attend the Luminaria Ceremony at 9:30 p.m. where attendees will light candles and bags in honor of loved ones who have passed or are currently fighting the disease.
Teams and individuals can still register for Iron County’s Relay for Life, as registration doe not close until the walk begins, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Go to relayforlife.org and enter 84720 (Cedar City zip code) to register. You may also donate to other individuals or teams through the Relay for Life website.
The Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Every year, the movement raises more than $400 million. The American Cancer Society puts these donations to work, investing in groundbreaking research in every type of cancer and providing free information and services to every cancer patient and their caregivers.