Relay for Life Tonight at Wilton High School

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 10, 2018

The night is all about recognizing those who have been through cancer; from the survivors, the caregivers, families and friends. For the next lap, the survivors will be joined by their supporters for the Caregivers' Lap, and then a Team Captains Lap will follow.

The festivities will start with team fundraising, bouncy castles and slides, yoga, karate, and tattoos done by Wheels of Faith, a silent auction, and the opening of the Relay Store all at 4 p.m. This year's relay theme is "There's No Place Like Hope".

Around midnight there is a special 5K planned for kids and participants.

The money raised funds cancer research, cancer prevention initiatives and personalized services for those diagnosed with the disease.

Several speakers shared their experiences battling cancer, and coming out a survivor.

Mr Farrington told The Newtown Bee that he first became involved with Relay in 2004. "I always thought if I stayed calm and just did what the doctor said, everything would work out". Trista Worth, who is this year's publicity chair, said, "I got involved with Relay for my patients".

Cooper says while her scans are now clear, her journey could be long from over, but shes choosing to stay optimistic. "It's just an incredible sight to experience, to know that the team at Greater Niagara is Relaying with you". "You'll celebrate, you'll remember, and as you're walking the track you're going to be fighting back against cancer".

Friends drove her to every radiation appointment in London, which she never attended alone. "I am so happy I was able to do it", said Wozniak, a Relay participant of four years.

"Putting together an event like this is not easy; it takes about a year of planning", said McMurter. The American Cancer Society's mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

The 12-hour event will feature fun, food and friendship and is geared to people of all ages.

This was Phoebe's second time participating in Relay for Life.

"I was a co-manager at the Liberty Walmart and my co-workers were there for me from the beginning", Leek said. "Relay for Life is your chance to do this", Farrow said. "We are all touched by cancer; someone we love has either had cancer or has cancer". "I didn't want anything to change, I cut my own grass, I take care of myself".

Mr Farrington said it is important for the community to know that the Relay is not just another local event for a specific group of residents. She ate healthily, exercised daily and there was no family history of cancer.

While it may be a hard road to walk, each step is bringing them closer each other, and to where they're meant to be.

Amber Fortner-Lubin, a staff member helping to organize the event, said this is what the Relay for Life was all about. Hundreds showed their support in a universal fight against cancer, especially for one Wausau mother who's fighting the disease right now. "Then, we went into the morning".

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