DELAWARE COUNTY TO CELEBRATE A DECADE OF RAISING FUNDS FOR RELAY FOR LIFE
Delaware County Residents To Honor Local Survivors and Remember Those Lost to Cancer
04/20/2012 - A birthday is a special day on the calendar for just about anybody—but it's a particularly meaningful milestone to cancer survivors and their families. The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Delaware County offers survivors and their loved ones a chance to celebrate all the additional candles on their cakes since a cancer free diagnosis.
This year Delaware County Relay celebrates 10 years of Defeating Every Cancer and Delivering Education (DECADE) on April 27 starting at 6 p.m. at the Delhi American Legion. Since the Delaware County Relay For Life's inception in 2003, Delaware County Relay participants have raised more than $1.2 million for the American Cancer Society to help cancer patients and to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, get well, find cures and fight back.
Relay For Life opens as cancer survivors of all ages walk, run, or otherwise move around the track for the first lap. This emotional time sets the stage for the importance of each participant's contribution. A festive atmosphere develops as teams of 10 to15 people join the American Cancer Society's efforts to help people get well, stay well, fight back and find cures.
Highlighting the evening is the luminaria service, a candlelight vigil held at nightfall to honor survivors and to remember those lost to cancer. Luminaria candles line the track and are left burning throughout the night as a reminder to participants the importance of their involvement in the Relay For Life event.
"Relay For Life is a great opportunity to come together and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays," said Christina Viafore, director of Relay For Life in Delaware County.