There’s a Relay For Life event at Satsuma High School Saturday, April 26th from noon to 10:00pm. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to unite as a community to honor cancer victims and survivors, raise awareness about how we can reduce our risk for developing cancer and raise money for the American Cancer Society to help fight the disease. Aubrey Gorum tells Cherish Lombard the events go day-into-the-night to recognize that cancer doesn’t sleep and neither will this community until a cure is found.
Since the first Relay For Life, held in 1985 in Tacoma, Washington, the event has raised more than $4 billion at more than 5,200 events throughout the country. This year North Mobile plans to add to that total, with a $60,000 moneys-raised goal.Relay For Life opens as cancer survivors of all ages walk or run 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 to 15 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 9:00pm 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. In addition to the luninaria service, there will also be a survivor & caregiver walk at 5:00pm earlier in the day. This will honor the survivors and caregivers in the North Mobile community with a victory lap around the track and a reception following immediately after in the survivor tent sponsored by Dignity Funeral Home of Saraland.
Bands including Glory Band and Exit 13 will be on stage to perform each hour. Fox 10 meteorologist Michael White will be the emcee throughout the day for competitions such as ‘Iron Chef Relay’ and the ‘Womanless Beauty Pageant.’ Many local North Mobile businesses have donated items to help raise money for the American Cancer Society at a silent auction held in the center of the field from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Children can enjoy playing in the “Relay Kids Zone” which will feature jumping inflatables and games sponsored by AAA Jumps and Eastern Shore Inflatables.
To find out more about Relay For Life in North Mobile, or to make a donation, please call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.relayforlife.org/northmobileal.