The Relay For Life of Vernon committee will kick off the 2009 season Monday, Dec. 1 in the Leesville City Courtroom from 5-7 p.m.
Anyone interested in becoming involved in this year's Relay For Life, including all veteran committee members, team captains and members, survivors and sponsors are encouraged to attend this event. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.
During the 2008 relay, teams of enthusiastic citizens gathered at the West Louisiana Forestry Festival Fairgrounds for the event.
“Relay For Live is a unique fundraising event that allows participants from all walks of life, including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic organizations, churches and community volunteers, to join together to fight cancer. Relay For Life reminds us that progress has been made in the fight against cancer and that everyone who participates is making a difference,” said Zelda Rogers last year's co-chair for the event.
The relay opens as cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) walk or wheelchair the first lap. An emotional time, the first lap sets the stage for the importance of each participant’s contribution.
A festive atmosphere always develops around the track area at these events, Rogers said. As people make new friends and spend time with old ones, the Relay heats up and the camp-out begins. An atmosphere of camaraderie is created with team members entertaining each other, eating, playing games and, of course, walking for a great cause.
Highlighting the evening is the Luminaria Ceremony held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have lost the battle against cancer. The Luminaria line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions.
Relay For Life is the signature fundraising activity for the American Cancer Society, representing the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated.
One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The funds raised at Relay save lives by funding cutting-edge cancer research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts and life-affirming patient services.
The 2009 Relay For Life of Vernon event will be held Friday, April 24 at the Vernon Parish Fair Grounds. For more information on Relay For Life contact Katie McCarty at 337-433-5817 ext 2 or visit www.relayforlife.ort/vernon.