Relay for Life steps off Friday in Falls

Local cancer survivors, caregivers, family, friends and community supporters are set to gather for the 22nd annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Sheboygan County event on Friday, July 21, at the Sheboygan Falls High School track.

The event runs from 4-10:30 p.m. The survivors’ lap will start immediately following the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer may participate.

As the survivors walk, other event participants will cheer them on in a demonstration of support and celebration. The five-year survival rate for all cancers has risen to 68 percent, and there are an estimated 14 million Americans alive today who have been diagnosed with the disease.

After the survivors’ lap, the caregivers’ lap will follow.

The luminaria ceremony will take place at 9 p.m. Each Luminaria bag represents a loved one lost to cancer, brings support to those affected by it and honors survivors.

It is a powerful moment that gives people the opportunity to grieve, but also offers hope and comfort.

The closing ceremonies are scheduled for 10 p.m.

The Relay For Life program is a community event where teams and individuals set up campsites at a school, park or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path.

Each team has at least one participant on the track at all times. Four million people participated in more than 6,000 events worldwide last year. The money raised supports groundbreaking cancer research, education and prevention programs, and critical services for people facing cancer.

The event is open to the public. There will be a silent auction, food, free kids games, music, and lots of other fun activities.

If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to take part in the Relay For Life of Sheboygan County event, visit www.relayforlife.org/sheboyganwi or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.


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